Sabah celebrates the Harvest Festival on May 30-31, 2011 at the KDCA Complex, Penampang, Sabah.
This annual month long event celebrates the harvesting of the paddy, the staple food of many Asian.
There was this story of a young and beautiful girl who sacrificed herself for his community who had suffered a long drought so that they will have a bountiful harvest. She was andamant to go ahead with the ritual despite the pleading of many young men who had been attracted by her charm and beauty. She made some conditions before the sacrifice was carried out; that the first harvest should not be given away and 7 rice stacks should be tied to a bamboo pole and kept in the rice barn. The land was fertile again and behold a beautiful lass came out of the rice barn and they called her Unduk Ngadau.
Now Unduk Ngadau is the crowning of the local Kadazan Dusun Murut beauty culminating the Harvest Festival, but they have to be judged the winner in their own villages to compete in the State contest.
We wish you a joyous Harvest Festival of 2011.
Kementerian Pelancongan Kesenian Dan Alam Sekitar Sabah
Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka
Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia
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