Friday, July 04, 2008

Unique fests of Sarawak's Lun Bawang and Bisaya

LIMBANG: While the Gawai Dayak festival, which began on June 1, was held across Sarawak, two Orang Ulu ethnic groups in the northern region of the state had their own unique midyear celebration.

In Lawas, the northernmost district of the state, Lun Bawang folks had their Irau Aco (festival) from June 1 to 3.

The festivities swirled down to Batu Danau in neighbouring Limbang district where the Bisaya hosted the Babulang Festival from June 5 to 7.

The Irau Aco was a celebration marking a great harvest season in the old days, but as the Lun Bawang community moved on with time, it turned into a showcase of the rich and colourful traditions and cultural roots of this largest Orang Ulu ethnic group in northern Sarawak.

Continue reading (incl. pic) at: Unique fests of Sarawak's Lun Bawang and Bisaya

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