Papaadmin May 29th, 2007 | Viewed 21,044 views
OH YES! Happy Harvest Festival or in Kadazan, Kotobian Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan or again, in our Bahasa Melayu, Selamat Hari Pesta Menuai!.
Starting tomorrow, 30th and 30th May, 2007, it will be the most anticipated Public Holiday for us Kadazandusun and Murut communities. Well, for me, I have to apply two(2) blardy annual leaves for it. Geez, my company ah. You hate it, you lose, you love it, they squash you like the fly. Oh yea. I must have love my company coz I already been there like 11-12 years already. Hahaha.
Anyway, this Harvest Festival Celebration is actually to mark or remind us of the end of Paddy Harvesting season and it is when our kadazandusun and Murut people offer their thanksgiving to the GODS for the bountiful harvest. The celebration is unique to Sabah only. Now, to be honest it is The Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan or Harvest Queen Competition that really makes everyone waiting for. The story said that The Huminodun, the Harvest Queen, is the representative of a young lady who had sacrificed herself so that our kadazandusun and muruts have endless food. Its a very touchy story and therefore, meaningful celebration for us. Not to mention to those girls, ladies, who are competing for the title of Huminodun. By becoming the queen, you indirectly become the saviour of all Kadazandusun, saviour to all natives of Sabah. For me, it is actually more meaningful than the Ms. Universe. Yeaaaaaa.
Check here from Sabah Tourism Board about the Harvest Festival and who to contact.
That was Ms. Daphne Iking, The Huminodun for 2003. Now, if you watch NTV7, The Breakfast Show, you know who I am talking about. here she is …
Check here for her own site, Daphne Eleano Iking.
To conclude, to all Kadazandusun, Muruts, natives of Sabah, Happy Harvest Festival and Kotobian Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan.