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The bobohizan perform the magavau
GenreHarvest festival
Begins1 May
Ends31 May
CountrySabah, Malaysia
ParticipantsKadazan-Dusun people

Kaamatan or Pesta Kaamatan is a form of harvest festival celebrated annually in the state of Sabah in Malaysia. It is normally celebrated by the ethnic Kadazan-Dusuns, as well as by other related ethnic groups in the state, and lasts for the whole of the month of May, ending with a public holiday on a date selected by a priestess known as the bobohizan[1].[2]:417 A beauty pageant known as Unduk Ngadau will be held and it ends the harvest festival with a newly crowned Unduk Ngadau in the annual host district, Penampang. The Harvest Festival comes under the ambit of what is known as Momolianism, the belief system and life philosophy of the Kadazan-Dusun.

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  1. ^ "http://says.com/my/lifestyle/malaysians-need-to-know-about-kaamatan-and-gawai". External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ Fausto Barlocco (2010). The village as a 'community of practice': Constitution of village belonging through leisure sociality. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 166 (4): 404–425. Leiden: KITLV, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies. (subscription required)

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