National Day in Brunei

National Day is a holiday in Brunei that is observed on February 23rd every year. This holiday commemorates the day in 1984 when Brunei achieved full independence from the UK. On this day, people all over the country are quick to raise the national flag from their homes and businesses, while the government raises the flag over official buildings.

This is a holiday on which people also take the time to attend religious services to pray for the future of their country at their local mosque. There are also parades that can be observed in Bandar Seri Begawan—the capital of Brunei.

The History of National Day in Brunei

During the 15th century, Brunei was ruled by Sultan Bolkiah—an important figure who controlled several regions in Borneo. Toward the end of the 19th century, the country became a British Protectorate but was invaded by Japanese forces during WWII. In June of 1945, Australian forces ended up liberating the country.

A new constitution for the country was drawn up in 1959, and Brunei declared itself a self-governing state under British control. On January 1, 1984, Brunei finally achieved its full independence from Great Britain.

Although the first of the year 1984 was the official date when the country achieved independence, British control didn’t actually end in Brunei until February 23, 1984. That’s why National Day is celebrated in February instead of January in Brunei.

Observing National Day in Brunei

Although celebrations of National Day appear all over the country, the major events happen in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan. In this city, there are parades that feature marching bands, members of the armed forces, and traditional dancers. People all over the country attend their mosques to pray for the future of Brunei.

Afterward, they spend time with friends and family members. It’s also traditional for people in this country to wear the colors of the national flag and to raise the national flag from their homes.

Where is it celebrated?
Brunei (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
Next year (2025)
Last year (2023)
February 23 Thursday