Holidays & Observances in Brunei
Brunei is a Southeast Asian located on the island of Borneo in the South China Sea. It is surrounded on its land side by Malaysia, and is very influenced greatly by Malay culture. Malay is the official language, with English and Chinese as the most popular secondary languages. Islam is practiced by about two thirds of the population, and though there are significant populations of Buddhists and Christians, Islam is the most influential part of Bruneian culture. Many of the laws made are based upon Islamic law, for instance, alcohol is prohibited to be sold and clothing is required to be modest. Islamic holidays are the most widely celebrated across the country, but because of Brunei’s diverse population, Chinese New Year and Christmas are also observed as official holidays.