SEMPORNA, SABAH :
Perayaan Regatta Lepa Di Semporna, Sabah Tahun ini ( 2010 ) telah berlangsung pada 23hb, 24hb dab 25hb April, 2010. Lokasi 1 : Di Kawasan Seafest Hotel Semporna - Pertandingan Ratu Lepa, Lepa Cantik dan Sukan Laut. Lokasi 2 : Di Stadium Bandar Semporna - Acara Perasmian / Pelancaran / Penutupan dan Persembahan Kebudayan Tradisonal dan Hiburan ( Datuk Sitti Nurhalizah Tarudin / Adam - Akademi Fantasia / Den Bisa / Rash / syirah / Dyana / Ramlah Ram ... Dll...... Lokasi 3 : Pameran - Di Jati Semporna / Bandar Tepi Laut Semporna.| Sarawak Regatta | Bajau of Malaysia | Bajau Dancers | Islands of Sabah |
Regatta Lepa 2010
17th Regatta Lepa, Semporna
April 24, 2010 - April 25, 2010
|The Bajau community on the East Coast of Sabah have a very unique lifestyle – They live on Lepa and only come ashore for food, water supply and during this LEPA festival. |
LEPA : In Sabah East Coast Bajau community dialect, lepa means "boat". The lepa boat is a cultural legacy inherited by Bajau people from many generations ago. The existence of lepa is believed to originate from the fishing community who live in Bum Bum Island and used by the Pa'alau people along the coast of Semporna.
One can see the Sea Bajau (Bajau Laut) fish on the clear and shallow water of Semporna. The live in their boats on the sea most of their life. Present day, some groups have settled on tiny islands.
From an event observed only by the sea gypsies of Sabah, the Regatta Lepa Semporna is now an official state festival; an important agenda in the national tourism calendar.The Regatta Lepa has been celebrated every year since 1994 to commemorate the Bajau tradition of building these splendid boats.
The lepa regatta was first held in 1994 as a district-level event before being upgraded into a state festival. Since 2003, Regatta LEPA became an national event in the Malaysia water festival.
The Bajau seafarers' proud maritime heritage came alive recently in this annual festival of Regatta LEPA, featuring their boats, the LEPA with participants dancing at the helm of their boats, decorated in full color. The event attracted thousands each year.
Judging the most beautiful LEPA Every one is excited as the colorful sails take to the sea to compete for the prize of the most beautiful lepa. This is judged based on its decoration, local ethnic music and dances performed on board, sambulayang (sails) and tapis-tapis (small flags). Points are awarded based on decorations, the intricacies of the carvings and designs, ethic music, regalia and traditional dances performed on board.
Highlight of LEPA : The high light of LEPA event is to choose the most dazzling Lepa from the beautifully, colorfully adorned boats which are lined up at the waterfront.
On the decks are smiling dancers and musicians dressed in equally colorful traditional attires.
Other attractions in Regatta LEPA : include sea sports such as rowboat, sailing and kelleh-kelleh (small dugout boat) competitions, lepa tug of war, and duck catching competition. Colorful cultural night performance.
Each boat a beauty dancerEvery LEPA family has they own beautiful girl welcoming visitors with graceful igal-igal dance.
During the Regatta Lepa, the boats are decorated with brightly colored sails known as sambulayang and tapis (small triangular flags).
Each Boat an artistic masterpiece with elaborate carvings
PHOTO : Traditional Lipa-Lipa Boat displayed at Sabah Museum Heritage VillagePhoto courtesy Sabah Museum, Kota Kinabalu
One can view a traditional LEPA boat at Sabah Museum in Kota Kinabalu City.
The Sea Gipsy of Malaysia
For generations, these nomadic people lived on these boats.
17th Regatta Lepa, SempornaSemporna Town comes to life with the unique Regatta Lepa, a competition held for the Bajau seafarers to crown the most beautiful traditional sailboat.
24 - 25 April 2010 (Saturday and Sunday)
| Don’t miss a variety of interesting events, including the boat-tug-of-war and rowing competition. The annual Regatta Lepa is held in conjunction with the Malaysian Water Festival. |
Lepa-lepa Festival in Semporna popularized by Dandai for tourist attraction.
Sakaran (bin) Dandai, Tun (Datuk Seri Panglima Haji) (b. April 15, 1930, Semporna, North Borneo [now Sabah]), chief minister (1994) and head of state (1995-2002) of Sabah. In 2000 he was awarded Sabah's highest award, the Seri Panglima Darjah Kinabalu, which carries the title Datuk Seri Panglima. (http://www.fortunecity.com/athena/pearl/29/indexs1.html ). He improved Semporna from island to center of tourism.
Nowadays, the practice of this traditional lifestyle is slowly dispersing with modernity. Few modern Bajaus use the Lepa today as many of them migrated to the mainland. Nonetheless, Lepa remains a symbol of tradition and a precious legacy for the Semporna Bajau community.
According to the Lepa Secretariat office, the regatta was inaugurated in 1994 to commemorate the Bajau tradition of building these splendid boats, the festival begins with the arrival of the Lepa from different villages, headed by the respective village leader.
Tranquil turquoise waters and the rich bio-diversity of its colourful reef have attracted seafarers and fisher folk to Semporna and its surrounding islands.
Semporna is also home to the Bajau Laut, the second largest ethnic group in Sabah and one of the major maritime communities in South-east Asia.
Also known as the sea gypsies of Sabah, the Bajau Laut once lived their entire lives aboard their traditional 5m long and 1.5m wide single-mast sailboat called lepa made from tropical hard wood.
In these inconspicuous vessels, they inexorably rode the highest waves and brazenly conquered the fiercest storm as they migrated between the islands of the Southern Philippines, eastern Borneo and Sulawesi.
Lepa Boat is a Malaysian heritage that is slowly disappearing. The new generation are moving on land where they turn their interest to modern vehicle of steel. This art of traditional wooden boat building of their grand fathers has to be nurtured as a national treasure.
The most beautiful lepa : REGATTA LEPA is to choose the most dazzling boat from the beautifully built, brightly adorned LEPAs lining up at the waterfront.
It was a beautiful sight to see the silhouettes of sambulayang sails from various Lepa-lepa boats as they skimmed across the sea water.
|Indigenous wooden boats that brought the Sea Bajau increasingly to settle in Sabah's shores since the 1970s drawn by Malaysia's better economy and security. They speak their own dialect, and are fluent in the ways of the sea. This is their mobile home on the water.|
|Traditional Festival Costume of Bajau Laut tribes (sea gypsy people) of Malaysia.Not only good in costume, the Bajau Laut people also skilled at making large mats for use at home. |
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