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Festivals and Events in Sarawak

All round the year, people celebrate different festivals in Sarawak. After celebrating New Year in January, the Chinese population of Sarawak gear up to celebrate Chinese New Year in February. Lion dance is the highlight of the festival, which is performed at night to ward off evil spirits.

If you wish to know about the culture and heritage of Sarawak, participate in Pesta Benak (Tidal Bore Carnival) festival, which is celebrated in February. During this festival, cultural shows, competitions and food fairs are organised.

In April, Kaul festival is held to mark the beginning of the fishing season. Tibau competition is held during the festival.

An interesting rafting event is organised in April. Baleh Kapit River Safari is a special event in which natural manmade rafts are used for rafting here.

Miri Jazz Festival is a popular music festival held in May in which musicians from all over the globe come together to put an evening of great music and entertainment.

Gawai is a harvest festival held in June. In July, two special music festivals are held - Rainforest World Music Festival and Borneo Cultural Festival. Rainforest World Music Festival is a three-day long festival during which music lovers get to enjoy different styles of music. Participants present their dance and song skills during the Borneo Cultural Festival.

August is the month of fun and colour. During the Sarawak Festival, colourful lanterns are made, which are carried during a procession. Various cultural shows are organised during the festival. Mooncake Festival is celebrated in September by the Chinese people of Sarawak.

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