Gawai Day or Gawai Dayak is a festival celebrated in Sarawak on 1 June every year. It is both a religious and social occasion. The word Gawai means a ritual or festival whereas Dayak is a collective name for the native ethnic groups of Sarawak: Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, and Lun Bawang among others. Thus, Gawai Dayak literally means “Dayak Festival”. Dayak would visit their friends and relatives on this day. Such visit is more commonly known as “ngabang” in the Iban language. Those too far away to visit would receive greeting cards.
Calendar for the Gawai Dayak Festival on 2010 and 2011
Tuesday, 1 June 2010(only in Sarawak)
Wednesday, 2 June 2010(only in Sarawak)
Wednesday, 1 June 2011(only in Sarawak)
Thursday, 2 June 2011(only in Sarawak)