When is Brunei National Day?
Brunei National Day (Malay ‘Green Extraordinary’) is always celebrated on February 23. This holiday symbolizes complete independence from Britain in 1984. This is Brunei’s national day.
History of Brunei National Day
In the late fifteenth century, the kingdom of Brunei, headed by the kingdom of Bolkiah, emerged as a major power controlling various parts of Borneo within the Mala.
During the 19th century, the influence of the Brunei Empire began to wane, eventually becoming a British protector in 1888.
Just a week after Pearl Harbor was attacked, Brunei was occupied by the Japanese during World War II. Brunei was liberated by the Australian Army in June 1945.
In 1959, a new constitution was adopted declaring Brunei a self-governing state, although foreign affairs, security and defense were under British control.
Despite a small uprising that was suppressed in 1962, Brunei was largely peaceful under British auspices. On January 1, 1984, Brunei gained independence from Britain.
The official name of this country is Sultani’s Brunei, House of Peace or ‘Negro Brunei Dar es Salaam’ in Malay.
Although Brunei gained independence on January 1, 1984, British control formally ended on February 23, 1984, so this is the date that now commemorates Brunei’s independence.
How is Brunei National Day celebrated?
The holiday was first celebrated on February 23, 1984, and has become a popular holiday on the streets and buildings with the national flag. A large parade has been held at the National Stadium, and it has become customary for people to turn to their mosques and offer prayers to celebrate the country’s independence.