Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tadau Kaamatan – Pesta Kaamatan – Kaamatan Festival – Harvest Festival

Welcome to Sabah, Land below the Wind yahoo… in this week most of other place in Sabah, already start their Kaamatan. Then what is Kaamatan Festival..? Ahh.. you don’t know… me too heheheh… Ok ok.. From my title post, actually all the word has the same meaning.

What is Kaamatan Festival? In the kadazandusun culture, “Kaamatan” or other word “Magavau” is the special festival or celebration to respect the “Bambazon” also known as paddy spirit. This tradition is always being performed long and long long…….time ago until now days it became a special holiday in Sabah, just to celebrate this Kaamatan Festival. Thanks to Tun Haji Mohd Fuad Stephens or Donald Stephens, was the first Chief Minister of the state of Sabah in Malaysia. Why? He was the man who brings this Kaamatan Festival as a special holiday in Sabah and being approved by Majlis Undangan Kerajaan Koloni since 1960. Yeah…..holiday..30th and 31st May. There is lots activity in Sabah like, Sugandoi (Singing Competitions) , Unduk Ngadau (Beauty Contest) , Mipulos (Arm Wrestling) and more.

Well as you know, Kaamatan refers to paddy, harvesting period, which is from the traditional rituals culminating and finally to Kaamatan or Magavau or Harvest Festival. (In Bahasa Pesta Kaamatan) There several rituals stages, Bobohizan or Bobolian (ritual specialist) play an important role in the rituals stage. You can read more about the stages (CLiCK HERE).

Now days, Bobohizan or Bobolian (ritual specialist) are become less, most of the generation already forget about it. This is because of the modern era now become more high level and the religion like Christian and others also playing role. Hehehe… anyway.. in Sabah 30th and 31st May is the holiday for Kaamatan, there is lot of activity. I hope I can go and visit Kaamatan Festival at other place like Hongkod and my friend’s house.

13 comments:

Agent 001 said...

Enjoy your holiday and the festival.

mahendra said...

hallo friend......sesekali coba deh.. ikut festival nyanyinya di Kaamat festival, boleh tak ! tapi tentu tak sama dengan penyanyi sabah yang menang pada akademia, met malam friend akhirnya sampai juga walau in lonely nite !

Mike.... said...

ini event tahunan ya,bro..warisan budaya kah?hmm...asyik ya jd hari libur...;D

Gratcia said...

Cool (^_^)! I love festivities, we also have a lot like this in Indonesia, tapi yg seperti ini ga ada yg jadi libur khusus,huhuhu...

E-Tavasi said...

Yes Agent :D Hope i can enjoy this holiday and the festival :)

Wahh.. mahendra :D kamu mahu saya coba nyanyi... hehehe.. malu nii nanti tiba2 hujan datang time saya nyanyi :) hehehe lonely night

Hi mike event tahunan :D memang warisan budaya.. hehehe

Wah Gratcia (^_^) jangan lupa add festival story dalam blog kamu :D.. seronok juga mahu di baca tu

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smallville said...

Kotobian Tadau Kaamatan tompinaiee...Happy Holidays :D

freeda said...

i'm going to sabah for this kaamatan festival
hope i can feel the excitement
wiieeee

Bernard said...

Happy aramaitih! Hehehhe...

rizal said...

Have a great hepi hepi festival yer.. Musti meriah tuu.

Are you going to participate on the Sugandoi? That must be something then.. hehe..

have a great weekend ya.. :)

honey said...

Happy Fiesta!..Enjoy.....

E-Tavasi said...

Kotobian Tadau Kaamatan nogi smallville :) yes..happy holiday :D

Wah.. freeda.. nice nice.. go to Sabah.. wieeee

Yes Bernard Happy Aramiitihhh :D
hehehee

Yup rizal meriah nii.. kalau awak join lagi meriah.. adeeiii i scare if i join Sugandoi.. i will win all the price hehehe :D just kidding

Thank honey... happy fiestal day yup enjoy

Rozella said...

I was at KDCA that day too. Sayang my camera is dead :(