Kaamatan amid pandemic

Irwan Majid

MANY Kadazandusun Murut are opting out of ‘aramaiti’ or any sort of merry making at this year’s Harvest Festival (Pesta Kaamatan), choosing to adapt to the new normal instead.

The festival is undeniably the most important celebration for the KDM community and is annually celebrated statewide during May and culminates on May 30 and 31 at the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA) premises.

Usually, hundreds of stalls selling food and drinks and a variety of items would start popping up at KDCA as early as May 1.

Crowds enjoy the food, booze, music, karaoke, or everything, while others look forward to the grand Kaamatan programmes like the Sugandoi (singing) and Unduk Ngadau (beauty pageant) competitions.

However, all of these Kaamatan programmes are cancelled this year as part of the effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state. – June 2, 2020.

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