Mini Lun Bawang Festival in Kuching
The Lun Bawang Association (LBA) Kuching Branch had organized a mini showcase of the Lun Bawang festival that will be happening this coming 31st May in Lawas, which also in the same time commemorates the 32nd anniversary of the formation of the Kuching Branch.
A brief information about the LBA Kuching Branch:
It was formed back in the 1980 by the earlier groups of Lun Bawang whom had leaved their homeland, migrated and moved to Kuching to better their living condition. Seeking further education and employment opportunities. The branch was headed by Patrick Panai, a secondary school teacher from Ba’ Kelalan.
LBA Kuching Branch 32nd Anniversary Magazine – “Aceh Terawe, Aceh Rurum”
In conjunction with the 32nd Anniversary, LBA Kuching branch have announced to publish an official magazine as a way to introduce the Lun Bawang community. The magazine contains articles about the Lun Bawang community in general, and a gallery of pictures of previous activities of the Lun Bawang in Kuching.
The magazine can be purchased at RM35 and the proceeds of the magazine will be used to fund future activities.
The Mini Irau Aco Lun Bawang was held on the 12th May 2012 at the Godown Amphitheater, Kuching Waterfront and was officially opened by YB Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk A bang Haji Openg accompanied by our patron YB Datuk Henry Sum Agong.
Individual Quality Assessed
Sarawak is blessed with various unique ethnic community and there are few minority ethnics, such as the Lun Bawang community. However, YB Datuk Amar Abang Zohari stressed that quality possessed by the individual is a key aspect that will be evaluated by the community rather than from which racial community its from. He said “what is the point of having a large community but with no quality?”.
“Like the Lun Bawang, though it’ is one of the minority ethnic, but I’m sure, if any among of you have the ability and quality, then you will be the top candidate in any position offered by the government”, he assures.
Bamboo Band Performances
Dressed-up with the beautiful traditional costumes and armed with bamboo-made musical instruments, the group of 23 performers entertained the crowds for a compilation of ten set of melodies. The charming melodic and buzzing tune fills the amphitheatre with National and State anthem, Lun Bawang folklores, and some Malay and English songs.
Traditional Dance Performances
Apart from bamboo band performances, the crowds were entertained with traditional eye-catching Lun Bawang dance performances. Yes, eye-catching! These young beautiful ladies performed slick and soft dance movements that symbolize the joyful and harmonious rice harvesting festival.
POPS! YB Datuk Amar Abang Zohari marked the official opening of the event and the launch of the magazine, showing that he also got the skills by shooting the balloon target (which contains the magazine above) with one single shot using a blowpipe.
Traditional Lun Bawang Cuisines and Handicrafts
After the end of the performances, crowds gathers at handicraft and food stalls to browse and purchase some souvenir and Lun Bawang traditional cuisine for themselves. Nuba’ laya’ and kikid biter is one of the favourite choice of food for their lunch.
The Mini Irau Aco Lun Bawang event ends around 2pm.
On behalf of the Lun Bawang Association Kuching Branch, I would like to thank everyone that came and spend their time with us throughout the event. And special thanks to YB Datuk Amar Abang Zohari and YB Datuk Henry sum, as well as our magazine sponsors for their generous contributions and supports.
*Photo credit: Ren Tunung Muga, Bunga Flower Rose.