West Kalimantan Governor Hosts First-Ever Gala Dinner for Gawai Dayak Celebration

Governor's House, source: IKNTime.com

West Kalimantan – On Monday evening, May 19th, 2024, as dusk settled, guests streamed into the Governor's House at Pendopo, West Kalimantan, for a historic Gala Dinner. This event marked the first time the government had ever hosted such a dinner for guests attending the Pekan Gawai Dayak festival.

The Gala Dinner was one of many activities within the framework of the XXXVIII Pekan Gawai Dayak, a significant cultural celebration in West Borneo. It brought together guests from neighboring Kalimantan Tengah province, as well as Malaysia and Brunei, for an evening of cultural exchange and camaraderie within the Governor's House.

Banquet, source: IKNTime.com

A First for Gawai Dayak

Julius Aho, head of Pekan Gawai Dayak XXXVIII, expressed his enthusiasm for the event. 

 "While the Gala Dinner wasn't originally part of our program, I truly appreciate this initiative," he told IKNTime.com. "This is the first time the government has extended such an invitation, hosting guests for dinner at the Governor's House. I sincerely hope this tradition continues in the years to come."

Beyond the Meal: A Celebration of Culture

The evening went beyond a simple dinner. Guests were treated to a captivating display of traditional Dayak dances and songs, further enriching the cultural experience. The impressive banquet pleased everyone in attendance, from ordinary citizens to high-ranking officials representing all Dayak tribes.

Guest of Honor and Recognition for Leadership

The event was graced by the presence of Mr. Perdie M. Yosep, the former Regent of Murung Raya, who served as the guest of honor for the Committee Chair. He personally expressed his appreciation for the hospitality and lauded Aho for his exemplary leadership.
Julius Aho and Perdie M. Yosep, source; IKNTime.com

A Successful Start with Room for Growth

Despite some aspects not meeting all expectations – regarding guest numbers or facilities –  the Gala Dinner was ultimately a success. It marked a significant step forward, paving the way for future improvements.

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