As Brunei Darussalam celebrates its 39th National Day today, February 23, 2023, the country looks forward to a bright future with continued progress and development. The day marks the country’s independence from the United Kingdom, which it achieved in 1984.
The National Day celebrations are being held across the country, with parades, cultural shows, and fireworks displays planned in the capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan, and other towns and cities.
The festivities began with a flag-raising ceremony at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien in Bandar Seri Begawan, attended by the royal family, government officials, and members of the public. His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah delivered a speech, in which he reflected on the country’s achievements over the past 39 years and emphasized the need for unity and cooperation to continue the nation’s progress.
The National Day celebrations are an opportunity for Brunei to showcase its rich culture and traditions. The country’s diverse ethnic groups, including Malays, Chinese, and indigenous peoples, are represented through traditional dances, music, and costumes.
This year’s celebration focuses on the theme of “Achieving the National Vision,” highlighting the responsibility of every sector involved in the country’s development to contribute towards the success of the Brunei Vision 2035.