This is an original traditional dance of the Bajau. The Limbai dance is performed during a wedding ceremony. It is an act of welcoming the bridegroom and his entourage and to invite them to the bride’s house. The melody and rhythmic movements of the dancer will accompany the bridegroom to the bride's house and would preceed the "ijab-qabul" or wedding ceremony. The graceful movement of the dancers’ wrists will sway their shawls to express their warm welcome to the party concerned. .
|Bajau Wedding Ceremony @Malaysia Wedding Festival 2012(MEFA)-Shah Alam|
Instead of musical instruments, the dance is backed by kalang (similar to Malay quatrains) and the stamping of feet by the male dancers. Usually performed at night, the Berunsai is held in celebration of certain functions such as wedding ceremony, birth of a newborn child, thanksgiving and entertaining persons who made vows. These dancers will be dressed in colourful costumes.
Bajau Wedding Ceremony @Malaysia Wedding Festival 2012(MEFA)-Shah Alam