A modest Kaamatan this year

KOTA KINABALU: With many people observing the holy month of Ramadan, it is a modest celebration at this year’s Kaamatan or Harvest Festival in the state.

However, it is no less merry with activities such as traditional sports, performances and exhibitions taking place at the Kadazandusun Cul­tural Association centre in Penam­pang despite the unpredictable weather.

Launching the traditional sports, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said Kaamatan – one of the most important celebrations for Sabahans – should be observed meaningfully.

He said that the array of programmes lined up as well as the traditional costumes showed how rich and diverse the cultures in Sabah were.

“We should continue promoting and ensuring the continuity of our unique cultures, food and handicraft,” he said here yesterday.

Such efforts, he said, were important in ensuring that Sabah’s rich cultural diversity continued to grow and not be forgotten.

“Kaamatan is also a festival where we can learn more about each other’s ethnicity, beliefs and practices,” he said.

His speech was read out by Huguan Siou or Kadazandusun paramount chief Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also the Sabah Deputy Chief Minister.

The month-long Kaamatan festival reaches its climax today, which, among others, will see the crowning of the Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Queen).

Yesterday, the 44 beauties vying for the title introduced themselves.

by STEPHANIE LEE
Read more @ http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/05/31/a-modest-kaamatan-this-year-celebration-toned-down-due-to-ramadan/#6bk3QIIU2hjIQ0Uf.99

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