Ngiling Bidai marks end of Gawai

|     Daniel Lim     |

THE committee members and Women’s Bureau of the Kampong Teraja Longhouse organised a Ngiling Bidai to mark the end of Gawai which celebrates bountiful harvest.

More than 200 attendees participated in the festive occasion. President of Lions Club of Bandar Seri Begawan (Lions Club BSB) Sunil Ramchandani was the guest of honour.

Welcoming the guest of honour and attendees was the chairman of the organising committee Burong anak Nyanggau and Head of Women’s Bureau of the longhouse Embong Munah accompanied by a series of traditional gulingtangan performances.

Also present were officer-in-charge of the Labi Police Station P/Insp Janatun Na’em bin Haji Abdul Rahim as well as members from the Mukim and Village Consultative Councils (MPMK) of Mukim Labi.

After the speeches by the organisers and the guest of honour, the event continued with a Ngajat performance by the Pelapis Bureau of the longhouse as well as Gawai song performances.

President of Lions Club of Bandar Seri Begawan Sunil Ramchandani in a group photo with guests and residents of Kampong Teraja Longhouse
A performance during the event
A Lions Club BSB representative presents donation to a child. – PHOTOS: KEM SIN68, TERAJA LONG HOUSE

Lions Club BSB also handed over donations to children as well as the elderly residing in Kampong Teraja.

The club previously conducted several work visits to the longhouse to provide aids such as installation of curtains for the communal area of the longhouse in February this year.

As a show of appreciation to the guest of honour, the chairman of the ceremony and representative from the women’s bureau handed over a gift. The guest of honour reciprocated with a gift received by ex-Head of the Kampong Teraja Longhouse, Jamit anak Lasah.

The guest of honour and representatives rolled up a piece of mat which marked the end of June and the Gawai celebration.