23 February is a special public holiday that citizens of Brunei celebrate with fervent pride and patriotism. This year we’re celebrating the 38th year of Brunei Darussalam as an independent nation.
While celebrations for the National Day may look different this year as we are currently experiencing a surge of cases in the third wave of Covid-19 after declaring endemic, let it not dampen our spirit. Let’s remember to remain steadfast as a nation in overcoming challenges to achieve Brunei Vision 2035.
As one of the most celebrated national holidays by everyone, the country is abuzz with activities. So, what can you as a family do to celebrate it?
1. Watch the National Day parade
A core tradition of the National Day celebration, the parade and performances happen in the morning in Taman Haji Sir Muda ‘Omar Ali Saifuddien with all sections of society usually participating in the march past.
As it is also one of the public events for meet and greet with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and other members of the royal family, many of the public would come to Bandar Seri Begawan to watch the procession.
2. Have a walk around Bandar Seri Begawan
You don’t have to wait for Bandarku Ceria every Sunday to do this! Sightseeing in Bandar on National Day has a different feel during and after the parade. There are lots of people around and hawker stalls on the side of the road for you to feel immersed in the festivities.
3. Go on a river cruise
For some time of relaxation and to unwind, bring your family cruising on the Brunei River, around Kampong Ayer, the mangrove forest, and islands. There is a variety of river cruises on offer. Why not check out their services and see which suits you and your family?
4. Quality family time at home
It’s understandable to not want to bring your family out while Covid-19 cases are spreading like wildfire. You can still celebrate at home spending quality time with your family.
Alternatively, you can watch the parade together from the comfort of your home via national TV channels or RTB GoLIVE.
Fire up the BBQ grill and hire a bouncer for the kids, there’s no wrong way to gather with your family and have a good gathering on a public holiday.
That’s it for our recommendations. How do you and your family celebrate National Day? We’d love to know!