In the evening, we had a barbeque. A barbeque is a must on this special day. Without it, the celebration is not complete. If we were not able to prepare “pansuh,” or bamboo chicken, we would have a barbeque.
Before that, we would tidy up our home. Although our visitors were just our neighbours, it was polite to do so. We filled a variety of biscuits into containers and helped each other so that our work could be accomplished quickly.
After that, my family and our visitors would sit together according to the SOPs. We talked about our feelings. At 12 o’clock, we drank “air pengayu,” a special drink to pay respect to the spirits.
In conclusion, the Gawai celebration was completely different after COVID-19. We were allowed to celebrate it with new norms. It was sad because we could not go back to our hometowns to celebrate with our grandparents. Nonetheless, we must always be thankful to God because every challenge in this world has many solutions, just like the appearance of a rainbow after the rain.