The Aboriginals in Sabah with their beautiful costumes (Photo credit: virtualmalaysia.com )

The Kaamatan festival is a joyous and exciting event which is extensively celebrated for one whole month in Sabah, especially among the Kadazan-Dusuns. Many people may not know the myth behind this festival. Once upon a time, there was a god by the name of Kinoingan. He pitied the people who were suffering from famine at that time. Hence, in order to save them, he had no choice but to sacrifice his daughter, Huminodun. After cutting her into small pieces, he sowed her flesh into the ground. Lo and behold, padi (rice) grew and the people were saved. Since then, it is believed that the spirit of Huminodun is contained in the rice; hence it is known as Bambarayon. This is certainly a festival that will open your eyes and give you a glimpse of Sabah’s various ethnic groups.

Event: Kaamatan Festival

Venue: Throughout Sabah

Date:  30 May 2014 – 31 May 2014

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Kota Kinabalu
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Mount Kinabalu
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