Friday, 30 May 2008

As I Speak : Sabah's Harvest Festival

It's a holi, holiday!  :)
Two days to be exact.
And a longer weekend!
Yay for that!
Only for those living in Sabah, Malaysia though.

So okay,  I'm sure people living outside Malaysia wouldn't know this.  Today and tomorrow, the people of my culture, Kadazan-Dusun & Murut, will be celebrating  the Harvest Festival.  In our language, we called it Tadau Kaamatan.  

As I type this, it's a Hot, hot day....
But let me tell you....
Here's a snippet about what is Kaamatan.

According to the olden days, Kaamatan is believed to be a celebration  to honour the spirits & thank them for giving a bountiful harvest. It is observed when the first full moon is seen after the rice harvest.  Ancient rites of homage to the rice spirit of Bambarayon are still performed by bobolians which is the traditional high priestess. The highlights of the event will be the Magavau, the restoration ceremony & the Unduk Ngadau ( Harvest Queen)  where the selection of the fairest maiden in each district will be held each year. 

Know your culture,
Know your history well people!

I am proud to be a part of Kadazan-Dusun.
Though half of my blood is a Hainanese. :)

to everyone celebrating.....

Kotobian Tadau Tagazo do Kaamatan!
Aramai T

In other words,

Happy Harvest Festival!
Cheers !

and Happy Holidays Sabahan's!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm proud to be a KadazanDusun too..heehee