Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sabah Tourism Upcoming Event: Tadau Ka'amatan Celebrations - Grand Finale

Date : 30 - 31 May 2010

Experience Ka'amatan Festival

Come, taste and see Sabah’s wealth of culture and tradition this year as the month-long Sabah Fest returns in celebration of Sabah’s natural charms!

With this year’s theme, ‘The Legend of Arung Salamiah’, Sabah Fest 2010 kicks off on May 1st 2010 with a two-day Cultural Extravaganza show at the Magellan Grand Ballroom, Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, starting at 8.00pm.

This year’s Sabah Fest celebration is based on one of the many legends of Semporna entitled ‘Arung Salamiah’ which has been orally passed down throughout the generations. Witness exciting cultural dances and traditional musical performances such as the Panansang performance, a ritual healing dance performed by both male and female dancers for a healing ceremony called Magkalamat; the Zepen Suara Siam, Lumumbai, Dang Mangalai, and the Magunatip—the Murut warrior bamboo dance.

There will also be handicraft-making demonstrations by the respective ethnic groups. Don’t miss the opportunity to see skilled craftspeople at work during the handicraft exhibition and get a chance to purchase hard find items, from hand-woven baskets to intricately carved Sea Bajau lepas (wooden boat replicas). Love tasting new food? Grab the chance to sample Sabah’s traditional favourite delicacies such as bambangan and hinava, as well as scrumptious local cakes such as pinjaram and kuih cincin.

Sabah Fest continues with ‘A Cultural Experience at the Sabah Museum Heritage Village’. The Village is a replica of the traditional houses of various tribes found in Sabah, all built as one ‘village’. Here, you can interact with the various tribes, watch them perform traditional dances and taste their local delicacies. There’s plenty to enjoy for the young and old, including bamboo-stilt walking (a traditional pastime of the Kadazandusun people), slingshot contests and a fishing competition, to name a few. There will also be rarely-seen rituals and rites performed by healers and priestesses.

We welcome you to Sabah Fest—come and celebrate Sabah’s natural charms!

Sabah Fest is brought to you by the Sabah Tourism Board and its wholly-owned subsidiary Sri Pelancongan Sabah, under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah. For more information, please contact Susan Shahira (Event Manager II) at +6088-232121 or e-mail

Source: Sabah Tourism

NOTE: Photo Copyright to Sabah Tourism

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