It's not a festival without food, right? Some traditional treats prepared are such as the Sarang Semut, Cuwan, Kuih Sepit, Penganan Ari, and so many more. On the eve of Gawai, the ngelulun pulut is also made, which is glutinous rice rasts in bamboo. Other more savoury dishes also inlude pansoh manok, and the delicious chicken and lemongrass cooked in a bamboo log over an open fire.
# 3 - GAWAI MARKS THE END OF THE HARVEST
It takes about 4-5 months to grow a grain of rice, and though we don't often think about the importance of rice, the Gawai Festival celebrates the amount of time and hard work put into getting even just a grain. It also represents unity, aspiration, and hope and celebrating by many ethnic groups such as the Iban, Bidayuh, Kenyah, Kelabit and Murut.
# 4 - NGAJAT IS PERFORMED DURING THE CELEBRATION
Male dancers will wear large feathers as part of their headgear, hold an ornate and long shield in their hand with chains, beads and loincloth called 'Cawat', and the female dancers will put on an elaborate headdress, chains, beads and a 'dress' that reaches to below their knees with intricate weaving.
# 5 - THE KUMANG & KELING GAWAI