No ‘ngabang’ during Gawai Dayak, celebration only on June 1

A slide of SOPs for Gawai Dayak stating that ‘ngabang’ is not allowed. Credit: Unifor

*This story has been updated to be consistent with the latest SOPs released by SDMC.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 20: Celebrants are not allowed to ‘ngabang’ (visit) during the upcoming Hari Gawai Dayak Festival.

According to the latest standard operating procedures (SOPs) approved by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) released by the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) updated today (May 21), the celebration is only allowed for one day on June 1 in Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) areas.

Unifor said the celebration is limited to one’s own family members, whereas in longhouses, it is limited to one’s own household or ‘bilik’.


For Gawai Dayak Eve on May 31, the celebration is also limited to one’s own family members and in longhouses, limited to one’s own household or ‘bilik’.

The same goes for those residing in Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) areas whereby Gawai Eve and Gawai celebrations are limited to one’s own family members and the same ‘bilik’ in longhouses. — DayakDaily