KUCHING: The 5,000-capacity Stadium Perpaduan at Petra Jaya here packed in the crowds last Saturday when it became the venue for the national-level Gawai Dayak Open House celebrations.
It was a night of grandeur as the Dayaks showcase their cultural heritage through performances by the many ethnic groups that included the semi-nomadic Penan group.
More than 10 Penan girls dressed in traditional attire came all the way from Suai, Bintulu to join the others in performing before the audience which included guests-of-honour Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah.
Participating in the song and dance were Dayak recording artistes in the likes of Jennarino Jeraki, Fiona John, Felicia Gek, Urai and Linda who performed alongside established artistes such as Zainal Abidin, Rem and Deja Moss.
Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin on behalf of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Mizan Shah declared open the celebration by taking the lead in a mock winnowing of rice before Gawai.
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