Tabi basa & greetings everyone! Today I’d like to share about recent birthday celebration for Simuk, which means grandmother in Biatah dialect of Bidayuh, predominantly Siburan area.
Previously, before COVID-19 hits, we celebrated her 91st birthday.
It was a simple celebration done by our family, where most of her children, grandchildren & great grandchildren resides. From Siburan side alone, there were a lot and this is not including her family members residing outside of Siburan.
For this simple celebration, we just celebrate it with whoever that can come. As for myself, I took a flight from Miri to Kuching for this purpose alone, but that is also because I have not return back home for quite some time. I might have spent a long time at Miri, but it is not a home for me. It is a place where I work and make a living. Like what people always say, home is where your heart is.
When I told my friend how old my grandmother is, they always tell me that my grandma is “gayu” (long life in Iban language). That’s how she is. She lives a relatively easy life. Not dependent on technology etc. A basic, Bidayuh life at Kpg Masaan, Siburan.
The event was blessed by our own semba postman. As usual, there are some mini karaoke session at the backyard, with alcoholic drinks being served. Though looks simple, but that is where a lot of talented singers of Bidayuh improves their singing skills and entertainment skills, including emceeing.
As usual, there are some mini karaoke session at the backyard, with alcoholic drinks being served. Though looks simple, but that is where a lot of talented singers of Bidayuh improves their singing skills and entertainment skills, including emceeing.
That’s all for now about Simuk’s birthday celebration. Although simple, but most importantly, it is one way to strengthen our family ties. Simuk is the anchor of our family members at Siburan. For Bidayuh peoples, family ties is very important.
Have a good weekend everyone!
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