Tuesday, May 30, 2017

44 to vie for Unduk Ngadau Harvest Queen title

KOTA KINABALU: Forty-four beau­­ties from all over Sabah will be vying for the Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Queen) title tomorrow.

During the event, the participants from 44 districts and sub-districts will express knowledge of their own culture using their mother tongue while posing in colourful and beautiful traditional costumes as they vie to be the next Harvest Queen.

The Unduk Ngadau contest is a much-awaited highlight of the Kaa­ma­tan festival. Native Sabahans believe that the Harvest Queen is a commemoration of the legendary Huminodun.

Huminodun was believed to have sacrificed herself to the ancient gods so that her people, who were mostly padi farmers, would have food after suffering from famine.

The selected Unduk Ngadau would also help promote Sabah, its people and diverse cultures to other parts of the world as part of her “royal duty”.

Since its inception in 1960, 57 women have been crowned Unduk Ngadau.

Yong Mee Lan @ Mui Lan from Penampang was the first Unduk Ngadau to be crowned, while more than 20 representatives from Pe­­nam­pang had also won the Unduk Ngadau title over the years.

Other beauties who have won are from Papar, Putatan, Tuaran, Tam­pa­ruli, Beaufort, Tanjung Aru, Inanam, Kawang, Sandakan, Bonga­wan, Tenom, Kiulu, the Klang Valley, Sulaman and Telupid.

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