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PM: Kaamatan, Gawai celebrations, time for people to feel thankful for achievements

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KUALA LUMPUR:  Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has described the Kaamatan and Gawai festivals as a time for the people to feel thankful for their achievements in life.

In a video message uploaded on his Twitter site, Najib said the celebrations also gave Malaysians the opportunities to appreciate diversity of cultures.

“I want to wish Selamat Hari Kaamatan and Selamat Hari Gawai to Malaysians especially those in Sabah and Sarawak.

“Kotobian Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan, Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai,” he said in the video greeting.

The Kaamatan or Harvest Festival which is celebrated by the Kadazandusuns for a good harvest, is also celebrated by other races in Sabah.

The Gawai Festival is celebrated by the Dayak community comprising the Ibans, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu to symbolise the end of harvest season, on June 1 and 2 each year. — Bernama