THE state-level Pesta Gawai and Kaamatan (harvest festival) will be celebrated at Fort Cornwallis this Saturday from 6pm to 10pm.
The highlight of the celebration will be the ‘Mr & Ms Borneo 2019’ beauty contest and a dance and singing presentation to showcase the diversity of Sabah and Sarawak folks.
There will also be a Sugandoi singing competition and quiz sessions on the important facts of Sabah and Sarawak.
Penang women, family development and gender inclusiveness committee chairman Chong Eng said as a cultural melting pot in Asia, Penang is proud to celebrate the different types of culture in the state.
“I hope parents will bring their children along as they will learn the meaning of Gawai and Kaamatan,” she told a press conference at Fort Cornwallis recently.
The traditional thanksgiving harvest festival is celebrated as Kaamatan in Sabah and Pesta Gawai in Sarawak.
The Kadazan-Dusun, as well as other related ethnic groups celebrate it as a form of annual harvest festival throughout the month of May.
Admission to the event is free.