Hari Gawai greetings from the King & Queen

YANG di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah conveyed Gawai greetings to all celebrating the festival.

The greeting posted on Istana Negara’s Instagram account read,”Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai. Happy Gawai to all our friends in Sarawak, we wish you a wonderful celebration, filled with happiness, prosperity and peace.”

Gawai is celebrated on June 1 each year by the people of Sarawak, including the Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu and other communities to mark the end of the padi harvesting season.

However, this year, Gawai is different as the nation is still under the conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) that was imposed to break the chain of Covid-19 infections.

Only small gatherings comprising family members are allowed without the tradition of “Ngabang” or visits, practised in previous years where people in the village or longhouses would gather to celebrate Gawai. – Bernama