Soon Muslim communities will mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In Brunei that means very special celebrations and Ai Lee, owner and operator of our Brunei Urban Adventures day tours, lets us know more about the local festivities…
“This year Hari Raya aidilfitri or Eid falls on 31 August or 1 September, 2011 (determined by the result of the new moon sighting). The special thing about the festival in Brunei is that Istana Nurul Iman, the world largest residential royal palace, will open to the public from the second day of Hari Raya for three days. This is a unique tradition found only in Brunei!
In the past it is recorded that over 30,000 visitors on each of the festive days visited the Royal Palace. During the ‘open house’ visitors are treated to sumptuous food while waiting in the queue to greet the royal family members in the palace. Male visitors will shake hands with the His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, crown prince and other royalties, while the female visitors will have the chance to greet Her Majesty the Queen in person. Visitors are presented with a snack gift box inscribed with the palace’s insignia and date.”
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* photo by Sarah Gooda – Intrepid Photography Competition