We are ushering in Gawai Dayak with our symbolic decorations in the lobby. Though not elaborate by any standard, it conveys a strong message of wishing "Selamat Hari Gawai Dayak" to all dayak friends.
As usual, Sibu has started getting heated up with Gawai mood. The air is filled up with Gawai songs and the town gets thronged with festive season shoppers. Simply put, Sibu is livened up.
Our hotel stands to benefit from the run-up to the festival. We are receiving more walk-in guests, quite a lot of whom are Dayak coming home for the season from working far away in JB and Singapore.
I noted a few years ago a surge in spending power of this group of Dayak. They represent the younger generation with higher income brackets.
Malaysia is blessed with harmonious muti-racial groupings. It has long become our tradition to learn to respect and tolerate the cultural heritage of each racial group.
This is the fascination of Malaysia.
The picture shows Premier Hotel's lobby.
A Dayak girl in the traditional costume. (Picture: Philip Hii)
The traditional ngajat by a warrior. (Picture : Philip Hii)