Pesta Babulang may be held after two-year hiatus

Credit: Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah
06/02/2022 01:54 PM

KUCHING, Feb 6 -- The ‘Pesta Babulang’, celebrated by the Bisaya community and famed for its Buffalo Race, may make a comeback this year after a two-year hiatus.

Sarawak Bisaya Association president Joseph Blandoi said, however, the staging of the festival will be subjected to the latest COVID-19 pandemic situation.

He said the association’s supreme council in a recent meeting had outlined the festival and race as among the main events in its calendar this year.

Credit: Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah

According to Joseph since the pandemic two years ago, many activities had either been shelved or put on the backburner, including its 50th anniversary celebration last year.

“We may have to modify the festivals’ organisation this year where several events will be held either physically or virtually or in a hybrid manner.

“This shall be possible with technology. Some of the events which have been normal parts of the festival can be split up and held throughout the year.

“Such options are inevitable to avoid overcrowding and to comply with the health standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he said in a statement here, today.

However, Joseph added premier events such as the buffalo race, cultural night and the ‘Panakod Babulang’ (receiving of the guest of honour) would be carried out from June 3 to 5.

“These shows are very popular with tourists from Brunei, Labuan and Sabah and also among fellow Sarawakians,” he added.

Joseph said among other activities which have been lined up are the opening of the association building, a development seminar/workshop, ‘rakit babulang’ (rafting), Babulang charity golf, fun run and the annual appreciation dinner.

Pesta Babulang is a harvest festival celebrated by the Bisaya community in Limbang and it showcases traditional costumes, cultural performances, exotic native food and other unique activities.