Gayu guru gerai nyamai, or long life, health and prosperity to you

Azmyl Yunor

Gawai has quietly come and gone for the second year in a row for the writer while Covid-19 lingers. – AFP pic, June 4, 2021.

FOR a second year in a row, I had a quiet and solitary Gawai Dayak celebration at home. Well, technically it wasn’t all that solitary since my wife, kids, mother-in-law, and I live together in my parents’ house in Selangor, but it was certainly solitary compared to the usual Dayak harvest festivities at my in-laws’ longhouse in the outskirts of Bintulu in Sarawak

Our household in the Klang Valley is merry as it is and I fully embrace the support system that comes with moving in again with your parents which our Asian culture and values espouse.

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