Monday, April 27, 2009

Mukah Annual Kaul Festival

A teacher helping her student to wear a colourful hat called Terindak before the cultural parade.

A contingent of Bidayuh participants.

Teenage Melanau girls who called themselves Legend Of Srimona.

An elderly Melanau man who never misses a Kaul Festival.

A big smile from a pretty Melanau girl from the Daro contingent.

An Iban warrior representing the Sarawak Dayak National Union.

A Melanau man wearing a traditional scarf while a lady wearing the traditional sun hat, the Terindak.

Bidayuh lady in traditional costume.

A young member from the contingent of Sri Ritma Borneo Mukah.

All smile....a happy and proud occassion for young and old participants alike.

The highlight of the event was the arrival and thereafter the official launching of the Kaul Festival by Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, the Chief Minister of Sarawak who himself is a Melanau from Mukah.

Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud enjoying locally made sago biscuit while entertained by the performances presented by the different cultural troupes as shown in the following pictures.

The popular cultural event attracted dozens of local and national Photographers and Journalists as well as some foreign tourists.

The Chief Minister at the official launching of the colourful festival.

Several thousand people from all walks of life thronged the venue of the Kaul Festival at Kaladana Beach (below) which is just 10 minutes from Mukah Town.

The just concluded Kaul Festival held in the coastal town of Mukah has succesfully attracted thousands of visitors to this carnival-like annual event. Traditionally the Kaul was practised by the Liko Melanaus who were pagan fishermen to applease the sea spirits for a bountiful harvest. It is usually held in April at the end of the rainy season.In recent years the festival has been evolved into a big cultural and tourism event while maintaining its original significance. This year a total of 15 troupes representing not only the Melanau community took part in the cultural parade. The local Sri Ritma Borneo Mukah was adjudged the winner and walked away with a cash prize of RM2000.The event was graced by the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud who also announced the immediate construction of a RM200 million new airport for Mukah. The Chief Minister had earlier officiated the groundbreaking ceremony for a new government office complex which will house the various state government departments,SESCO office and the office of the Regional Corridor Development Authority.


suituapui said...

So many Chinese in Mukah and they can't find one good looking guy to use the Chinese costume? Should ask you to wear lah! Hahahahaha!!!

Anonymous said...

Can tell from CM facial expression that all was not well..May her soul rest in peace...and moral of the story is that we all die and cannot take the earthly treasures with if you have the contacts of the Melanau sweeties..share share la.kpenyu

Philip said...

stp: Better if it were you...your size will fit those century old costumes better I guess! Anyway, I don't mind to try also!

Kpenyu: When he first arrived, he looked cheerful. He still had lunch in Mukah then left in a jet. Hey, lets go to Mukah/Oya/Dalat etc together and I bring you to those sweeties...can't bring them to you la...haha.