Unduk Ngadau more than just a beauty pageant

Unduk Ngadau started as a competition from the Kadazan-Dusun culture but now it has blossomed into a contest for many diversified cultures and heritage in the state, mirroring the openness of the people of Sabah.

KOTA KINABALU: Entering the month of May, Sabahans from different backgrounds come together to celebrate Kaamatan Festival, a harvest festival celebrated yearly for a good harvest and celebration with family members.

Closing the Kaamatan Festival or ‘Tadau Kaamatan’ in the Kadazan-Dusun language on May 31, Unduk Ngadau, a heritage pageant, is crowned in honour of the legendary Huminodun, a maiden who sacrificed herself to save her people.

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