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Kaamatan & Gawai Festival 2018

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The purpose of the event held at the Roof Top of Costantini Community Centre at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 1 July 2018 from 2.30 to 6 pm was to introduce Sabahan and Sarawakian culture to the locals in Peninsular Malaysia and to strengthen the bond between parishioners from various churches. Kaamatan and Gawai Festival is celebrated annually in the state of Sabah and Sarawak. Kaamatan is a Kadazan-Dusun term for "harvest" and is celebrated for the whole month of May. It is normally celebrated by the ethnic Kadazan-Dusuns, as well as by other related ethnic groups in the state on 31 May. Whereas Gawai Festival was celebrated on 1 June, with colourful rituals, traditional music, cock fighting, feasting and games. During this festival, almost everyone dresses in traditional costumes while the elders perform the traditional dance.

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Organised by Komuniti Umat Bahasa Malaysia (KUBM) of SIC, the event was attended by about 200 people consisting of parishioners from different parishes, which include those from Sabah and Sarawak. The event officially began with the welcoming of SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD and Br Joseph Lim CDD. The trio sportingly used a traditional hunting instrument called “sumpit” (which is akin to a blowpipe) to pop a balloon each. The celebration then proceeded with a short speech by Aunty Mary and blessing of the food by Fr Andrew. Also in attendance was Fr Simon Pereira of Novena Church in Singapore who is in SIC for Mission Month by Redemptorist Priests as part of SIC's 30th anniversary celebrations.

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Next item was the best part of the event – food! Yes, thanks to the committees and organisers of KUBM, some of us took the extra effort to bring local delicacies of Sabah and Sarawak all the way from the East to West! Some of food include bosou ikan, bosou babi, ayam pansuh, tuhau, bambangan, ambuyat, hinava, ikan masin lada putih, rebung ikan masin, sup nangka babi, sinalau bakas pucuk ubi, tuhau goreng, and bakas kicap. Alongside that were traditional desserts such as kek lapis Sarawak, penjaram, lipat pisang & ubi. Not forgetting the tasty rice wine (tapai) prepared by Rezal Ipit.

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Furthermore, some of them also teamed up to perform Sabahan and Sarawakian traditional dances during the event. There were karaoke sessions which lasted for about 30 minutes, a best costume contest, and musical chairs for adults & children. Last but not least, the most exciting part of the event was the arm wrestling competition, where men from different age groups came together and compete with their strength.

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To sum up, we are glad that everyone had fun and had the opportunity to sample the local delicacies of Sabah and Sarawak. We certainly hope that this event was a memorable experience for everyone. Earlier at 1.30 pm, Frs Andrew and Lawrence celebrated the Bahasa Mass with attendees mainly from East Malaysia dressed up in their colourful traditional costumes and several offerings were made during Offertory.

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