Regatta Lepa Semporna 2017
The Colorful 24th Regatta Lepa Semporna 2017 will be held in Semporna from 21 – 23 April this year. This Annual Malaysia Water Festival event will be officiated by Sabah Chief Minister YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Hj Aman on 22nd April (Saturday).
LEPA: In Sabah East Coastline Bajau community dialect, lepa means “boat”. The lepa boat is an ethnic legacy inherited by Bajau people from many years ago. The existence of lepa is believed to originate from the fishing community who stay in Bottom Island and employed by the Pa’alau people along the coast of Semporna.
From an event observed only by the sea gypsies of Sabah, the Regatta Lepa Semporna is now the state festival; an important agenda in the nationwide tourism calendar.
The Regatta Lepa in Semporna is one of the most colourful cultural events. In this festival, Bajau people will decorate their boats with colourful flags.
The 3 days event will be fill with cultural dances, singing and other sports activities.
If you’re interested to go there to witness these amazing sea festival you can follow this guide on How To Get There article.
For the time being, lets watch past Regatta Lepa event from these youtube. Even if you can’t attend this year (so do I), at least you get a glimpse of this vibrant festival. Maybe, we can list it as one of our must attend/visit event?
Regatta Lepa 2014
Regatta Lepa Official Song
Alami isab REGATTA LEPA
Malahat ta malahat Sampulna
Hinang tahunan ba aheya
Panimpunan banan lepa
Aheka rusab ginisan lepa
Bulih pinasil maka biasa
Sappit itu sab ba aheya
Aheka va tarua’na
C/O: TIPAS-TIPAS panon panji aheya
SAMBULAYANG maka SALINGGURUH
Saluvang sangkil ninna’ mapangah
Iyana pakakas lepa
Suli ta sab ba nionan lepa
Iti bayanan saga mattoa
Suvaiva ni kallogan heh ta
MANJARI PUSAKA BANGSA
The Daling-Daling Igal Dance ~ Bajau Semporna’s Traditional(folklore) Dance.
Some useful phrases for fun:
Mag labi-labi lasah ku.
Tob tob maka’a entomku ~ Missed you so much.