May is perhaps the best time to visit Sabah if experiencing the culture of the people of north Borneo is what you are yearning for. It is during the month of May that the native Kadazandusun people celebrate their best known festival called Kaamatan, literally means after-harvest festival. This is also mark the end of a planting season and the beginning of a new one. In a way, it is a celebration of a new “year.”
There is a legend associated with the Kaamatan, one that revolves around the sacrifice of the daughter of the god Kinoingan (more on this here).
Anyway, here is a series of five web episodes featuring celebrity host Pamela Chong who embarked on a journey to get to know more about the celebration. This was shot in May this year where she went to Kampung Luanti Baru in Ranau and experienced numerous aspects of the festival. The web episode is produced by the Malaysian oil company Petronas.