KOTA KINABALU: The Tenom District, which is situated about 151 km from Kota Kinabalu, has been selected to host the launch of the Harvest Festival on May 1, according to Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri
Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
Pairin, who is also chairman of the state-level Main Harvest Festival Celebration Committee, said the launch of the festival themed “Peace and Friendship”, or in the local language “Pibabasan Om Piombolutan”, would be held at the Tenom Municipality Field and was expected to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
“We (the committee) have unanimously chosen Tenom as the host for the launch of the festival. The theme chosen this year is also very appropriate with the role of the festival, which is platform to foster unity among the various races in Sabah,” he told reporters after chairing the first meeting of the 2016 Harvest Festival celebration here, today.
Pairin, who is also the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) president, said the climax of the state-level celebration would be held at Hongkod Koisaan KDCA Penampang on May 30 and 31, with various events planned including
Kadazandusun cultural performances .
On the meeting, Pairin said 14 committees including subcommittees were formed to facilitate the preparation of the festival this year.
He said several districts had also set a date for the Harvest Festival celebrations to be held in their respective areas including Kuala Penyu on May 7; Tongod on May 12; Tambunan, Pitas and Putatan on May 14; and Keningau, Kota
Marudu, Membakut and Kota Belud on May 15.
Apart from that, in Tamparuli/Tuaran, it would be celebrated on May 18; Kota Kinabalu City Hall (May 19 to 21), while other districts have not yet set a date for the celebration.
Meanwhile, Pairin also thanked the state government for always supporting and providing financial help to organise the festival.
“We are grateful because every year, the state government provides support to organise the festival which is very important for the Kadazandusun people as it is a bridge of unity for the pluralistic society in the state,” he said.- BERNAMA