Location : Kampung Sadir, Padawan, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
The pride of Sadir- the longest surviving ‘nyaruok’ event in Borneo. Whereby one village makes a reciprocal Gawai visit to another village and in this case it is even more special because the other village is from across the border in Indonesia. The only 2 other villages that still hold on to this tradition are Gumbang and Padang Pan in the Bau region with their Indonesian counterparts in Siding, all of which we have been honoured to have participated in. (Related links : Nyobeng Gumbang ; Nyobeng Padang Pan)
While we may have missed out on the first leg a week earlier to Mangkau, we made sure that we did not on the return leg. Lucky Sadir with some financial backing from the government can host this event without any worries to the largest crowd ever, more than a hundred guests from Indonesia. This 3D2N event consisted of the welcoming, the unique ‘paren’ , lucky draws, cultural dance competition, singing, ‘ketong’ or Bidayuh bamboo xylophone demo, impromptu beauty contest and of course the all night long dancing.
Sadir village, Padawan, Kuching, Sarawak.
Triple beauties of Sadir
Riyeg making his welcoming speech
Guests from Mangkau village, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Dance performance from Sadir Village
Dance performance from the Indonesian side
Getting ready Hi Tea
Village headman Tom leading the paren
The first paren-Sadir folks serving the Mangkau visitors
Our guest getting the feel of what ‘paren’ is like
Ketong / Bidayuh bamboo xylophone
The ketong player
The Ketong Trio
Starting the Kumang contest
Dance performance from Mangkau village, Indonesia
Dance performance from Sadir village, Malaysia
The winner of dancing competition
Suruh Engkadok group
Kampung Sadir is blessed with so many waterfalls mostly within walking distance and when the weather gets too hot just help yourself to a dip. Or like we did, we drove all the way to nearby village Sibakar for its waterfall. (Check out Sibakar waterfall here)
Waterfalls in Kampung Sadir
Sadir fall, 5 minutes walk
Skedut fall – 8 minutes walk
Kamang fall – 15 minutes trek
Ba Buan Kukuot fall – 1hr 45 mins trek
Congrats to village headman Tom, Riyeg, John and his team for making this year’s event a memorable one. See you next year.