Hundreds celebrate Kaamatan festival in Tuaran

TUARAN: Hundreds of people flocked the Tenghilan Multipurpose Hall near here today to celebrate the Kaamatan celebration.

The United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Oganisation (Upko) hosted the harvest festival, which saw some visitors donning their traditional costumes.

In launching the event, Upko acting president and Tuaran member of parliament Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau called on the people to appreciate and understand the essence of Kaamatan.

“May is an important month for Sabah people, especially the Kadazandusun Murut community as we celebrate our culture.

“It is celebrated at national level and has been recognised as an official event.

“Many may ask why Upko, a political party is organising Kaamatan festival. We are a party that is built to protect the welfare of Kadazandusun people,” he said.

Madius, who is also Science, Technology and Innovative Minister said it is Upko’s responsibility to educate the people of their heritage as well as culture.

In the event, visitors were entertained with Sugandoi performance (Kadazandusun singing contest) and the Unduk Ngadau beauty pageant.

Source: New Straits Time