May is definitely a month all Sabahans are waiting for and to you staying at our Resort, you will also be able to enjoy all the excitement May has to offer.
While enjoying all the facilities we have to offer here at Sutera Harbour Resort, you might also want to check out some of the exciting events throughout Sabah in May.
Come this May, the largest indigenous ethnic group in Sabah, the Kadazandusun, will be celebrating Tadau Kaamatan.
One of the most anticipated festival in Sabah, Kaamatan is celebrated as a gesture of gratitude for a bounty harvest and to honour the rice spirits (Bambazon).
This year the month-long celebration will kick-off with the annual Sabah Fest (4-6 May 2018) with Solungkoi Jambatan Tamparuli. This musical theatre tells a story about the construction of the Tamparuli hanging bridge, which became the landmark of Tamparuli region over several decades ago.
In the olden days, the Tamparuli hanging bridge was built to provide an easy and better access for the villagers.
The bridge continuously collapsed after being washed away by the river every time during rainy seasons.
After several attempts of rebuilding the bridge failed, the villagers consulted a spirit medium who helped them communicate with the spiritual world.
The spirits said that the bridge was constructed on a sacred site, and "Ombuakar", the spirit said to live inside the Tamparuli river demanded for a human sacrifice as a compensation.
The theatre will depict the story about how one beautiful young woman who fell madly in love but later became a human sacrifice to appease the river spirits.
Tadau Kaamatan will open in Kota Marudu this year on 5 May. The district celebrates the harvest festival with their own line-up of exciting events such as cultural performances, handicrafts exhibitions, traditional delicacies and the crowning of the Unduk Ngadau for Kota Marudu.
Guests who are into sports, be sure to catch the Borneo International Marathon (BIM) on 6 May held at the Likas Sports Complex. BIM is held along the scenic roads of Kota Kinabalu with three distances – 10km, 21km (half marathon) and 42km (full marathon).
Sutera Harbour Resort’s guests who love water sports will be able to witness the spectacular annual Dragon Boat Race on 12-13 May starting at 6am at Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu.
Also happening on these two days is the 32nd Harvest Festival and Sabah Fest Open Day Regata starting at 8am at Kinabalu Yacht Club Tanjung Aru.
Approximately 80km away from Sutera Harbour Resort is the interior district of Tambunan. On May 12 and 13, a contest of human strength, the Tug of War Tambunan Open 2018 will be held at the Tambunan Tug of War Arena. Witness teams from all over the country battle it out for the ultimate Tug-of-War Champion title.
On 14-17 May, diving aficionados and guests who love sea life could head over to Semporna for Mabul World Turtle Day. This event is organised to raise knowledge and awareness on turtles’ survival. Join volunteers and grab the chance to be up close and personal with these gentle creatures.
Sutera Harbour Resort’s guests who are into arts and culture could attend the International Museum Day on 15 May held in conjunction with World Museum Day (18 May).
Witness the launching of ‘Diaries of GC Woolley’ Vol 3 and Vol. 4 as well as special exhibition to feature Sabah’s ethnic cultures based on the records of G.C Woolley.
One of the most important events not to be missed is most definitely the State Level Tadau Kaamatan. The month-long Harvest Festival will culminate at Hongkod Koisaan (the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association Centre in Penampang).
SHR’s guests are recommended to attend this celebration, which attracts some 5,000 visitors each year. Join the merriment as local folks sing, dance, eat and play traditional games as they wait for the most anticipated highlight – the crowning of the Unduk Ngadau 2018.
So, they you go, guys! Our piece on May events you could check out and maybe participate in, as you create your unique and lasting memories with Sutera Harbour Resort.
*Photos other than Sutera Harbour Resort were taken from Google Image*