Tadau Kaamatan

The Tadau Kaamatan festival is celebrated by the kadazan community in Sabah in May every year after the padi harvesting season.  To celebrate Tadau Kaamatan, various types of food including traditional delicacies and ‘tapai’ are prepared and served .

The festival is usually held for two consecutive nights. On the first night, the “Magavau” ceremony or Worship of the Padi Spirit is held, led by bobohigan (ritual specialist, usually an older woman) and  a few helpers.  On the second night, the “Habot” ceremony is held, whereby heated rice is given to the bobohigan as a symbol of thanksgiving and happiness.  The guests are entertained with “sumagau” and “megalang” dances while drinking ‘tapai’.