The third quarter of the year we patriotically celebrate the rich history of Sabah!
For culture lovers, Pesta Magahau is an event of the Rungus tribe to promote their culture and ethnicity to both a local and international audience, held in Matunggong in July. Tugu Budaya Etnik Sabah – International Youth Folk Dance Festival is a platform for youngsters to showcase their talents in folk dance at the Sabah Cultural Centre Penampang. And an annual Kudat Festival is held to showcase the unique and amazing tourism products and culture that Kudat has to offer from the 24th – 26th July. At the Chanteek Borneo Indigineous Museum, an exhibition will be held from September to December to display replicas of the traditional houses found in North Borneo. Visitors can see the different structures of the houses.
Marathons happen throughout the year all over Sabah, for this quarter, in Tuaran there will be The Nexus Beach Run! The 6km & 12km run/walk will take place on 18 July 2020 at the Nexus Karambunai Resort and Spa. Happening the next day in Kota Kinabalu, there’s the Wild Run Kota Kinabalu 2020, a pet-friendly run that started in 2015 with the intent to advocate animal welfare awareness.
On the 6th-7th July in Sandakan, visitors are invited to visit the former residence of renowned American author of ‘Land Below the Wind’, Agnes Keith; rebuilt and turned into a museum. And on 15th August Sandakan Day Memorial is held to remember the fallen heroes of the Australian and British prisoners-of-war (POW) who endured the notorious Death Marches from Sandakan to Ranau in 1945. To also commemorate the contribution and sacrifices of our fallen heroes in protecting and defending the sovereignty of our nation, Warriors’ Day is held on the last day of July.
For the art enthusiasts, the 13th Sabah Women Art Exhibition that is aimed at encouraging women artists in the development of a creative movement will be happening from July to October. And on the 18th to 21st September, the 7th Annual Open Air Eco Art event will be held on the Segama seafront boardwalk, where there will be art installations and sculptures displayed by local and international teams.
On 31st August 1957, the Federation of Malaya States gained its independence from the British. Hence, this day is known as ‘Hari Merdeka’ or Independence Day. Sabah will showcase a colourful parade held in downtown Kota Kinabalu City to celebrate. On the 16th September, the Federation of Malaysia was formed on this date. It marked the joining of Malaya, North Borneo, and Sarawak to form Malaysia in 1963. This is a national public holiday and a series of activities will be held in conjunction with Malaysia Day.
On the last week of September, Sandakan Town will turn itself into a food galore in the grand Food Festival Village at Bandar Kim Fung, a lively suburb 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Anticipate the return of popular activities such as the Sandakan Food Race, Sandakan Grand Chef Cooking competition and baking competition to discover more.