Cultural end to Kaamatan fest

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  • Monday, 29 May 2006

KOTA KINABALU: The month-long Pesta Kaamatan – the traditional harvest festival of Sabah’s indigenous communities – ends with a two-day cultural showcase from tomorrow. 

Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman will launch the two-day event, to be held at the Hongkoid Koissan grounds of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association. 

Yang Di-Pertua Negri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah will officially close the festivities on Wednesday.  

The celebrations, including a symbolic harvesting of padi event, will be held ahead of the national-level Kaamatan “open house” in the campus grounds of the Universiti Malaysia Sabah, which will be graced by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail. 

FRIENDLY RIVALS: Contestants greeting each other during registrationfor the Harvest Queen pageant in Kota Kinabalu.

Kadazandusun, Murut and Rungus communities mark Kaamatan to honour rice spirits or bambarayon for a bountiful harvest. 

The annual festival – which kicked off on May 1 in Sabah’s northern Kota Marudu district – has always been a colourful event, featuring traditional games, dances, music and brilliant costumes.  

The highlight of the event is the crowning of the Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Queen).  

This year some 45 finalists from across the state will be vying for the crown.  

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