Prepare yourself for a spectacular month as we select some highlights for you this month. The Gimpuhut Foundation Festival will be held in Kudat and in Sandakan there is a memorial to remember the fallen heroes of the Australian and British prisoners-of-war (POW). More information on the highlighted events below.
The Gimpuhut Foundation Festival
Travel North to Matunggong Town in Kudat to witness the Rungus Gimpuhut Foundation launching ceremony. The highlight of the competition is a charity dinner with the appearance of Rungus Gimpuhut (Rungus beauty queens). Other highlights include a traditional Rungus fashion show, photo and art exhibition, handicraft showcase, and various cultural performances.
Sandakan Day Memorial
Remember the fallen heroes of the Australian and British prisoners-of-war (POW) who endured notorious Death Marches from Sandakan to Ranau in 1945. A memorial is held on the 15th of August every year at the Sandakan Memorial Park, which was once the site of a Prisoners of War Camp. Families and friends from near and far gather to lay wreaths in honour of their loved ones.
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. At the Sabah state level, a colourful parade will be held in downtown Kota Kinabalu City to celebrate the National Day. Selamat Hari Merdeka!