Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Month-long Sabah harvest festival begins


KOTA KINABALU: The chanting by bobohizan (Kadazandusun priestesses) during a thanksgiving ceremony in Tambunan district marked the launch of Sabah’s month-long Kaama­tan celebrations.

The event was held at Pisom­puruan Square in Tambunan, which is surrounded by padi fields and nestled in a valley in the Crocker Range.

The thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest was witnessed by Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Juhar Mahi­rud­din and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

Also present was Huguan Siou or Kadazandusun paramount chief Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also Deputy Chief Minister.

In a symbolic gesture, Juhar harvested seven padi stalks and beat a gong seven times to mark the launch.

This was followed by cultural performances and a choir presentation of songs such as Tadau Do Kaamatan and Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan.

The crowd was also entertained with the sumazau dance of the Kadazan­dusun, as well as the monggigol sumandai dance of the Rungus and the magunatip of the Murut communities.

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