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SIDMA College Sabah 2019 Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House at SIDMA Atrium on 28 June 2019 really touched the hearts of Prof Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College), Puan Azlina Ngatimin (Director Corporate Marketing & Business Development), Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) as SIDMA staff from the various departments have collaboratively and collectively organised the event together to enliven the spirit of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

The main purpose of this extraordinary event was to give an exhilarating experience, particularly to the college staff from various races, religions and cultural background co-existing together in our multiracial setting. This customary event also promotes openness and inclusiveness among the staff. 

During the event, staff from the various cultural background participated in the event by dressing themselves in traditional Malay attire: such as Baju Melayu, Baju Kurung, Baju Kebaya, or in their traditional cultural attire such as the traditional costume of Rungus.

 

The various ethnic groups, particularly the Kadazan, Dusun, Murut and Rungus of Sabah celebrated the Harvest Festival or the Kaamatan Festival, as a tribute to Bambaazon, the spirit of Kinoingan’s daughter Huminodun beginning the first week of May with Magavau ritual to invite the spirit of Bambaazon to the celebration and will continue till the end of the month; with the peak of the celebration being held on 30 and 31 May annually. This ritual is performed only by the high priestess known as Bobohizan, as without the spirit of Bambaazon, the festivities cannot be proceeded and it is through Magavau that the Rice Spirit is invoked.

Similarly, the native ethnic of Sarawak, particularly the Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Murut and more celebrated the Gawai festival as a thanksgiving and harvest festival marking the bountiful yields and the planning of future prospects as the festival marks the end of the harvesting season, an event similar to Kaamatan festival of Sabah on the 1 and 2 June 2019.

Coincidentally, after a whole Ramadan month of fasting, which began on 6 May 2019, Muslims in Malaysia celebrate the end of Ramadan month and the beginning of the Islamic new Islamic month, Syawal, beginning on 05 June 2019, by praying at mosque and having get together at relative’s and friends’ places by hosting “Open House” – the traditional way of inviting families, relatives and friends to their houses.

Teachers’ Day is the day set aside to commemorate and honour the special work of teachers. It is celebrated throughout the world on different days. The World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5th October annually. Each of those days on which Teachers Day is celebrated has particular significance for the teaching profession for each of those countries.

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