The Tadau Ka’amatan, or Harvest Fesitval, is arguably the highlight of Sabah’s month long Harvest Festival celebrations.
The traditional Kaamatan Festival is a colourful occasion that involves, among other big events, the city-level crowning of the Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Beauty Queen) and Sungdoi (Kadazan Idol).
The Harvest Festival features cultural activities, traditional displays, singing, lots of dancing and, of course, traditional and not-so-traditional alcoholic beverages – the focus of the event for many attendees.
Basically it’s Sabah’s biggest party of the year and the Harvest Festival draws thousands of people, local and visitors, to the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA), which is hub of activities.
It’s a great opportunity for visitors to experience the hospitality and celebrations of Sabahans, enjoy a variety of food stalls and hunker down in your favourite camp for a weekend of singing, dancing and drinking.
The video below is from 2016 and give a fairly decent glimpse of what to expect.