Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sarawak…A Place Like No Other

Sarawak (also known as the Land of the Hornbills) together with Sabah are the two states that form East Malaysia. Located on the island of Borneo, East Malaysia is separated from West Malaysia by the South China Sea about 600 km away. Being the biggest state in Malaysia (makes up to 37.5% of its land) has definitely help Sarawak to establish its very own exclusivity from the public eyes. Apart from that, it is also known as the home of diverse ethnic groups name it the Malays, Chinese, Melanaus, Ibans, Bidayuhs, Orang Ulu, and many other native tribes; each with its own distinct dialect, beliefs and traditions. Although Sarawakians practice a mixture of religions, culture, beliefs and way of life, there is never been an issue to the people of Sarawak to enjoy living their life harmoniously with each other.

So, what can you expect from the beloved motherland of mine you ask?
The answer is none other than the unique, colorful and captivating festivals to celebrate all year round, right here in Sarawak!

There are countless and unique festive occasions being celebrated by the Sarawakians such as the Gawai Dayak (harvest festival) celebrated by the Ibans, Kaul Festival by the Melanaus, Hungry Ghost Festival by the Chinese and not forgetting the most notably Hari Raya Aidilfitri and the Fasting Month celebrated by the Malays. Such extraordinary and never-been-seen by many, ways of celebrating festivals is what often attracts tourists to visit Sarawak. Take for an example, the Ibans celebrate Gawai Dayak (harvest festival) and Gawai Antu (festival of the dead) with dances and music, followed by serving their guests with their very own sweet rice wine called “tuak”.

So that is why Sarawak is the place to be. But hold on, this is not yet the end of my post. This is just the beginning of it =) Wait for my next post and you’ll love what I have to offer. I promise! Hope to see you again in my next post… Signing out, TheWonderWoman. END.

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