Pesta Kalimaran 2014

Pesta Kalimaran is a cultural festival held at Sabah Murut Cultural Centre, 13 km from Tenom Town annually. It is a festival where every Murut Sub Ethnic gather and spent their time for about 3-4 days before heading back to their respective village. We can personally visit their villages, but it can take as long as 2 weeks in order to meet all Murut’s Sub Ethnic. If you do so, it is hard to see them with their traditional attire at home, you will be lucky enough if they are wedding going on during your visit. So if you looking for Murut ethnic, this is the best opportunity as every one of them will puts on their traditional costume which represent their own sub-ethnic of Murut.

“Pesta Kalimaran” is co-organised by Sabah state government through Sabah Cultural Board and Sabah Murut Association in collaboration with Tenom District Office. Kalimaran derives from derived from the Murut’s words ralaa and alimar. Ralaa means young lady and alimar means hardworking, strong-minded, diligent and trustworthy.

According to the story, there was a young Murut lady called Ralaa. She was a hardworking, strong-minded, diligent and trustworthy young lady. But her brother Yolomor had to sacrifice her for the benefit of their community. Before she was sacrificed she managed to produce many handicrafts like the Tikar, Silaung, Tikalis, Buyung, Lintoyog and Onot by using raw materials like bamboo, rattan and bamban. Ralaa ended her kalimaran by weaving cloth, sampoi (scarf) by using thread, which was produced from Timahan roots. Finally, Ralaa was sacrificed by Yolomor to get seeds for his cultivation farm.

From 11-13 April 2104, there are many programme has been arranged. “Tulak Bala” is one of them which I missed on the 11th April 2014 due to the journey from Kota Kinabalu to Tenom is about 2.5 hour drive, I was only able to start from Kota Kinabalu at 1.30pm while the “Tulak Bala” is at 2pm.

These are sets of images I took during Pesta Kalimaran on the second day.

<p><a href=”″>Kalimaran 2014</a> from <a href=”″>upgrade56</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


Posted on April 15, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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