The Gawai Dayak Festival is celebrated annually, held on the 1st of June in Sarawak, in West Kalimantan. Gawai means ritual or festival while Dayak is a collective name for the tribes of Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Murut and many others.
It marks the end of the padi (rice) harvest season and the start of the new planting season. To prepare for the festival Dayaks clean their homes as well as the graves of their ancestors. During the festival the Dayaks are attired in their finest costumes. Rice wine (tuak) is served to guests, and dancing is part of the merrymaking. Livestock is sacrificed for a good harvest and war dances, cockfights and blowpipe events also take place.