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Kaul is a traditional festival celebrated by the Melanau community living along the coast area in Sarawak.  In the past, Kaul was held as a religious ceremony to appease the spirits of the sea, land, forest and farm making it the most important festival in the Melanau traditional calendar.

The festival is a ritual of purification and thanksgiving as well as one of the propitiation for good fortune. Today, it is more of keeping a heritage alive. Its marks the beginning of the Melanau calender which begins at the end of the Northeast monsoon.  Kaul takes place in third week of the month of April every year.

The festival site is on the right bank of the Mukah river estuary. During the week-long festival, activities include  stalls selling traditional foods, entertainment programs, traditional games. The highlight will be the ‘Serahang’ (decorated flat round basket made from sago leaf which raise on a bamboo pole) procession lead by local Melanau community elders.

Some of the activities  not to be missed include playing the giant swing (Tibow) and enjoying Melanau traditional food served on the log (Keman Baw Bateng also known as ‘Makan Beradat’ in Malay).

Melanau elders chanting during the 'ipok' ceremony

Photo credit: Noel Lau

Kaul festival Mukah


Tapak Pesta Kaul
Taman Kala Dana 
Mukah, Sarawak Malaysia
Persatuan Melanau Mukah
Mr. Pengiran Saifudzin Pengiran Mahtar
Date: 21 - 28 Apr 2018
Venue: Tapak Pesta Kaul, Mukah
Organizer: Persatuan Melanau Mukah

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