01 April 2018 - 30 April 2018
Kaul is a traditional festival celebrated by the Melanau living along the coastal areas of Sarawak. In the past, Kaul was looked upon a religious ceremony to appease the spirits of the sea, land, forest and farm, making it the most significant festival in the Melanau calendar year. It is a ritual of purification and thanksgiving as well as one of propitiation for good fortune. It is held at the beginning of the Melanau calendar, marked by monsoons which affected their livelihood as farmers and fisherman.
As such, Kaul is put on the Sarawak Tourism Calendar Of Events – among the colourful ethnic festivals celebrated by the people of Sarawak, making it to be one of tourism attractions for the State. Among the highlight activity during the festival are “Tibow” (Gigantic Swing), a display of Melanaus Traditional Dress, Games, Dance, Music and Food (Competitions), and live concert – mix with modern and traditional show at the night event.
Tapak Kaul, Taman Kuala Dana, Mukah, Sarawak