A Dayak celebration of bountiful harvest

PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Dayak tribe members attending the Gawai Dayak Festival in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, in Indonesia on Sunday. The festival in Kalimantan is a thanksgiving event to celebrate a bountiful harvest and a time to plan for the new farming season ahead. The holiday has become a symbol of unity, aspiration and hope for the tribal community and is an integral part of Dayak social life.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2018, with the headline 'A Dayak celebration of bountiful harvest'. Print Edition | Subscribe