Tadau Kaamatan or Harvest Festival is a celebration by the communities of KadazanDusun & Murut in Sabah, East Malaysia since long time ago. It is an annual event to pay respect to the spirit of paddy. This event always been celebrated after the harvest of paddy done. Kaamatan is celebrated in the month of May every year and the peak of the celebration which is mark as public holiday in Malaysia calendar fall on 30th and 31th May.
Compare to longtime ago where Kaamatan were celebrated in more ritual ways, nowadays Kaamatan celebrated in modern ways but still maintaining it's traditional elements. Most of the Kadazan will wear its traditional costume on this day. The activities during the event including Sumazau (traditional dance), Unduk Ngadau (Beauty Contest), Sugandoi (singing competition), traditional games, traditional food exhibition and etc.
Kadazan Traditional Costume
Kadazan Traditional Dance, Sumazau
Kadazan Singing Contest, Sugandoi
Beauty Contest, Unduk Ngadau
One of the Kadazan traditional dish, Hinava. (raw fish marinated in citrus fruit.)
So i take this opportunity to wish
Kotobian Tadau Kaamatan or Happy Harvest Festival.
Don't drink and drive ok.. :D
Take care.. and GOD bless.