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KUCHING: The Gawai Bazaar held at the parking area of Eastern Mall in Siburan town had attracted a good crowd to the just concluded event.
Organised by Persatuan Gagasan Anak Dayak Sarawak for the second consecutive year in Kuching/Serian, the bazaar saw hundreds of visitors coming to the stalls daily. The good response had encouraged the association members to continue organizing this event on an annual basis.
“We estimated about 350 visitors coming the bazaar daily,” disclosed the organizing secretary of bazaar Patricia Judin. This year the bazaar was held from April 28 to May 13.
The bazaar was first held in Miri three years ago and the success of the first one had inspired the association members to organize similar bazaar jointly in Kuching and Serian towns. In fact this year, members of Persatuan Gagasan Anak Dayak Sarawak were so motivated by the good response in Kuching and Miri that they went on to organize similar bazaars in Bintulu, Limbang and Saratok. Respons was also overwhelming at the other three venues.
Describing it as one of the association’s major annual events, Patricia said there were more than 20 booths offering wide variety of food and beverages, handicrafts, apparels including traditional costume, jewelry, shoes and musical instruments set up at the bazaar.
She went on to say that the bazaar was organized promote Dayak delicacies and culture to the other community. At the same time, the event was also held to encourage enterprising Dayak to venture into business activities.
“We have vendors who were selling our traditional delicacies like pansuh, kasam and pais and this is our way to showcase our dishes to the other communities,” she added.
Apart from fostering greater ties among Dayak community, the bazaar was also held to showcase the Dayak cultural heritage.
Besides the bazaar, there were other events held simultaneously. The other events were music and poetry recital, singing competition, cultural show, music concert and Ratu Etnik Kontemporari beauty pageant.
The highlight of the event was the Gawai Dayak parade which was held to mark the closing on the event. The parade saw many of the participants dressed in traditional costume.
Patricia hoped more Dayak entrepreneurs would participate in the event in the coming years as this would be another platform for them to expand their business activities. She also hoped to attract more corporate bodies to support the event to make it more vibrant and in turn, develop it as another tourism attraction for Sarawak. – dayakdaily.com