13th Regatta Lepa Semporna
LEPA Water Festival 2006
...Semporna comes to life with competition of the most beautiful traditional sailboats....
|Balwant Singh Kler, Technical Advisor for Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd., was awarded Tokoh Lepa by the district of Semporna for his years of dedication and outstanding contribution to the Regatta Lepa. The event commemorates the use of the Lepa, a traditional boat of the Sea Bajau people. The award was presented by the Head Of State, Yang Dipertua Negeri |
|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.
Regatta Lepa : The Regatta Lepa has been celebrated every year since 1994 to commemorate the Bajau tradition of building these splendid boats. Semporna comes to life 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).
Lepa origine : LEPA boat is believed to be originated from the Pa'alau Bajau people who live in Bum Bum Island and used by fishermen along the coast of Semporna. The unique lifestyle and festival is a cultural legacy inherited by many generations.
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.
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.
|From surrounding towns and islands, they converge in thousands to celebrate the biggest day on their cultural calendar.|
|14th April 2006 (Friday)|
|07:30 am||Semporna’s colorful Cultural Show||Community Hall|
|11:30 am||Selection of Lepa Beauty Queen||Community Hall|
|07:00 pm||Colorful Tanglung (lantern) procession||Town field|
|10:00 pm||End of event|
|Date||15th April 2006 (Saturday)|
|06:30 am||Traditional sea sports activities (heats).|
|12:00 pm||End of sea sports activities.|
|03:00 pm||Arrival of the beautiful Lepa boats.|
|08:00 pm||REGATTA LEPA SEMPORNA WATER FESTIVAL LAUNCHING. |
|10:30 pm||End of event.|
|Date||16th April 2006 (Sunday)|
|08:00 am||Traditional sea sports activities. |
|12:00 pm||End of Event.|
|07:00 pm||SELAMBA ROCK RTM SABAH CONCERT||Town field|
About Semporna : April 23, 2009 11:24:36 AM