The Grand Finale of Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival – one of the most remarkable events in Sabah and Sarawak kicked off in the beginning of May and culminated at the end of the month. In Sabah, one of the highlights is the Grand Finale of the Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Beauty Queen) contest at KDCA Hall, Kota Kinabalu. I had the momentous opportunity to attend the prestigious event on 31st May to celebrate this joyous occasion with the local Kadazandusun community.
The extravagant event brings harmony to more then 32 ethnics at the KDCA Hall

I was literally swayed by a burst of colors, heart beating rhythmic traditional dance and music that reverberated around the gigantic hall. The crowning of  three enchanting harvest queens signified the end of the one month long Pesta Kaamatan (harvest festival) celebration.

Performance by “Sabah Cultural Association” on harvesting.
The theme for this year is “Cultural understanding and the way forward”. This seemed to have achieved the objective as the celebration brought to light several little known traditions of the sub-ethnic Kadazan Dusun groups like Tidung, Dusun Labuk, Sukang, Kuizau, Murut Tangala, Dumpas, Orang Sungai  Kuamut and Orang Dusun Tabilung.
More than 40 contestants representing their district were competing in this grand finale.

YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan officiating the event.
Our ‘Huguan Siou’ (paramount leader), the honorable Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan was delighted with the success of the annual celebration and this has definitely inspired greater unity among the multi-ethnic Sabahans during the series of even which began since 1st May.
The crowned Harvest Queen, being flanked by Carol & Joveanea from Tuaran & Tamparuli

The newly crowned Harvest Queen Bo Tiza Disimon from Penampang won the beauty contest, beating 40 other candidates which entitled her the prestigious throne and a scholarship to pursue her studies in tourism. A trip to Bali also awaits her!

By Melissa Lim

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