Pesta Kaamatan Strengthens Unity
May 19 (Bernama) -- The Kaamatan (Harvest) festival celebration
has played an important role in strengthening unity among
the people, not only between the three main ethnic groups
in Sabah - the Kadazan, Dusun and Murut, , but also permeated
among the people regardless of race and religion, said Sabah
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
this was in line with the 1Malaysia concept where the people
celebrate every festival held in the country.
is the uniqueness of the country where the people are together
in celebrating all festivals in harmony and with the strong
spirit of unity," he said at the Beluran district level
Kaamatan celebration here last night.
who is also president of the Sabah Kadazan Cultural Association,
said the government acknowledged the festival by giving
two days of public holiday for it, this year being on May
30 and 31 in Sabah.
state Kaamatan Festival was launched on May 1 by Sabah Chief
Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman in Kuala Penyu and the grand
finale will be on May 30 and 31 at Hongkod Koisaan Cultural
Hall (KDCA) in Penampang.
Festival, known as 'Magavau', is a special occasion to be
thankful for the bountiful harvest that feeds the people,
as well as for the peace and stability in the country that
the people are enjoying.