During this festival known locally as “Tadau Ka’amatan”, Sabah natives wear their traditional costumes and enjoy a carnival. atmosphere, which usually stretches from dawn to dawn.
Tapai’ as their homemade rice wine is called is freely served during the festivities. The Kadazans believe in the worship
of ancient gods and in the existance of the five main spirits – Kinoingan (Almighty God and Creator), Rusad (Spirit of all living things other than Man), Koududuvo (Spirit of the Living), Tombivo
(ghostly Spirit of the Dead) and Rogon (evil Spirit).
According to popular belief, the spirit of the padi plant is said to be part of the Kinoingan commonly known as the Bambaazon, who is revered as the overall creator, an omnipotent source of life and existence. Thus the spirit of Bambaazon is revered in the rice plant, the rice grain and the cooked rice. Many believe that
“without rice, there is no life”.