National Day in Brunei in 2025

National Day in Brunei in 2025
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Brunei. Image via Deposit Photos
  How long until National Day?
National Day
  Dates of National Day in Brunei
2025 Feb 23, Feb 24
BruneiMon, Feb 24National Holiday (in lieu)
BruneiSun, Feb 23National Holiday
2024 Feb 23, Feb 24
BruneiSat, Feb 24National Holiday (in lieu)
BruneiFri, Feb 23National Holiday
2023 Brunei Thu, Feb 23 National Holiday
2022 Brunei Wed, Feb 23 National Holiday
2021 Brunei Tue, Feb 23 National Holiday

Marks full independence from the United Kingdom in 1984. It is the National Day of Brunei

  Local name
Hari Nasional
  Which regions observe Brunei National Day in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday
  BruneiFeb 23
  BruneiFeb 24 (in lieu)

When is Brunei National Day?

Brunei National Day ('Hari Nasional' in Malay) is always celebrated on February 23rd. This holiday marks full independence from the United Kingdom in 1984. It is the National Day of Brunei.

History of Brunei National Day

At the turn of the fifteenth century, the Bruneian Empire under the leadership of Sultan Bolkiah emerged as an important power within the Malay Archipelago, controlling several regions in Borneo.

During the nineteenth century, the influence and domain of the Bruneian Empire was starting to wane, eventually becoming a British protectorate in 1888.

Brunei was occupied by the Japanese during World War II, and invading only a week after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Brunei was liberated by Australian forces in June 1945.

In 1959, a new constitution was adopted which declared Brunei a self-governing state, though foreign affairs, security, and defence matters remained under the control of Britain.

Despite a minor rebellion that was suppressed in 1962, Brunei's position as a UK Protectorate was largely peaceful. On January 1st 1984, Brunei gained its independence from the United Kingdom.

The official name of the country is Sultanate of Brunei, Abode of Peace or 'Negara Brunei Darussalam' in Malay.

Even though Brunei became independent on January 1st 1984, British control over formally ended on February 23rd 1984, so it is this date that now commemorates Brunei's independence.

How is Brunei National Day celebrated?

This holiday was first celebrated on February 23rd 1984, and it has become a popular holiday with the national flag a common sight in streets and on buildings. A large parade is held in the national stadium, and it has become a tradition for people to visit their mosques and offer prayers to celebrate the country's independence.

The largest events will occur in Bandar Seri Begawan; program sites include Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien, and possibly Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex. Smaller gatherings will probably occur in other areas nationwide. Government office and business closures are likely.

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