Papar to kick off the Kaamatan this time

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

kdm2Kota Kinabalu: Papar will start this year’s Harvest Festival celebration on May 1, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan announced, Monday.

Speaking after chairing the Harvest Festival Main Committee meeting at his office in Sembulan, here, he said the theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Together We Mould a Better Future” (Bersama Membentuk Masa Depan Yang Lebih Baik”).

He said it has been a while since Papar hosted the event and hoped the proximity of the district to the city will see more people at the launching.

He said dates for the Harvest Festival at district-level are still being finalised and will be released to the media at a later date.

As with past Harvest Festivals, the aim is to showcase the State’s rich cultural heritage, he said, adding that events such as ‘Sugandoi’ (singing) and the Unduk Ngadau pageant as well as traditional sports and agriculture-products exhibition, will also be featured.

On another matter, Pairin said there was no confirmation yet on whether there will be a national-level Harvest Festival celebration such as the one held here last year.

“The matter is still in the agenda but there is no confirmation yet,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pesta Kalimaran, an annual cultural festival of the Murut community that will take place at the Murut Cultural Centre in Tenom about two hours drive from here from Apr 3-5, promises to be more colourful and merrier this year.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman is scheduled to officiate at the opening on the second day (April 4), said State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun told a press conference, Monday.

He said some RM250,000 would be spent on this year’s festival, which is being organised jointly by the State Government and Sabah Murut Association (SMA).

Of this, RM100,000 is from his Ministry, RM100,000 from the Sabah Cultural Board and another RM50,000 from various sponsors.

Inviting all to the festival, Masidi said there will be big prizes for those coming in attractive Murut traditional costumes regardless of what community they are from, between 7am and 9am on April 4.

He said the prizes include a live cattle each for the man and woman winning the best Murut traditional costumes, and a goat to each for second and third placing in both categories.

Other than that there will be a Ratu Kalimaran contest, singing competition, cultural dance performance including the Magunatip, the Lansaran, exhibition of mock traditional marriages, handicrafts, etc.

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