People and Culture of Brunei Brunei’s culture mainly derived from the Old Malay World, a territory which covered the Malay Archipelago. Brunei’s culture is therefore deeply rooted in its Malay origins, which are reflected in the nation’s language, architecture, ceremonies, and customs governing daily life. Though various foreign civilisations have played a role in forming Brunei’s rich history, the traditions of the Old Malay World have left an indelible mark on the culture of modern Brunei. Today, Bruneians are predominantly Malay, though significant Chinese, Indian and indigenous Bornean populations add to the cultural makeup of Brunei. Brunei’s blend of cultures, customs, beliefs and customs is therefore very similar to that of Malaysia. The nation’s official language is Malay, but English is widely spoken by most of the population, and most signs in the country are written in Roman script. If Malay traditions are Brunei’s cultural root, then Islam is its heart. The nation’s Malay Islamic Monarchy is a uniquely Bruneian blend combining the best of Malay culture with the teachings of Islam and a mutual respect between ruler and subjects. This national philosophy is aimed at forging a stronger sense of identity as well as fostering unity and stability, and it forms the backbone of Bruneian cultural identity. While Brunei is indeed a devoutly Muslim country, the national philosophy is one of respectful tolerance, allowing for the practice of other religions and beliefs. * ETHNIC GROUPS: Malay: 67%; Chinese: 15%, indigenous tribes: 6%; other: 12% * RELIGIONS: Islam (official): 67%; Buddhism: 13%; Christianity: 10%; indigenous beliefs and other: 10% Brunei, for all intensive purposes, is considered a very safe place to visit. It is important, however, to remember that the sultanate is considered an absolute monarchy set in a strict Islamic country. You must take special care to avoid violating any type of religious law or custom while you are visiting.
The "bersanding" ceremony is a remnant of Malay culture's pre-Islamic roots, but Muslim marriage prayers were also recited in keeping with the Sultanate's religion. After the ceremony, the couple drove in a gold open-topped Rolls Royce across the capital, followed by family and guests in more than 100 limousines. The enthusiasm of the crowd who turned out to line the streets was only slightly dampened by a tropical downpour during the parade. The ceremony was attended by the prime ministers of Malaysia and Singapore, the presidents of Indonesia and the Philippines and royalty from across Asia. The Duke of Gloucester represented Britain's Queen Elizabeth. Observers said the event was relatively low-key by Bruneian standards. The Sultan, who was once the world's richest man, has toned down royal pomp since his brother lost $16bn of state funds through financial mismanagement. The Crown Prince of the tiny oil-rich Sultanate of Brunei has married his 17-year-old bride in what is being called Asia's wedding of the year. (9 September, 2004 ) The glittering traditional Malay ceremony was attended by royalty and politicians from around the world. Two-thousand guests saw the 30-year-old Crown Prince, Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah, marry Sarah Salleh. Thousands more lined the streets outside the palace, waiting for a glimpse of the couple. The groom's father, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, escorted his son to a gold throne on a dais, where he was joined by his bride. Prince Al-Muhtadee wore a gold crown and a traditional snake-bladed Malay dagger tucked into his sash.
Kampung Ayer from the waterfront near customs wharf. Water taxis shuttle people back and forth between early morning and late evening The small village of Kampung Ayer is an incredible site to see. The people of Brunei refer to the area as the “Venice of the East,” and for good reason. You can only get to Kampung Ayer via a small footbridge or by boat.
The village is home to more than 30,000 people, many of whom live on small houses held up over the Brunei River with stilts. Visitors to the area can explore the fascinating architecture and get to know some of the members of this close-knit community. The wooden walkways connecting the houses bring this incredible historic community together.
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