Amidst the glimmer of floating bubbles at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien, yesterday proved to be quite a day. Even before 6 in the morning people and vendors had already started to cluster at and around the field. Unlike the usual Sundays at Bandarku Ceria, the 8th of December was extra lively with the launching of the Brunei December Festival 2019.

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The Brunei capital was alive with activities, promising events not only for the day, but also those lined up for the whole holiday month of December. There was excitement in the air with uniformed cyclists warming up, runners getting ready to race, local organisations and associations as well as event participants and event organisers setting up their booths and activities for the day.

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Organised by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, the official launching of the Brunei December Festival 2019 sets off yesterday with an official declaration from His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah who also led the wave of cyclists in conjunction with the event.

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As part of the launching, visitors were also offered a glimpse of the “Train Kite”, the longest kite in Brunei. Made up of handmade children’s kite lined up and tied together, it’s 215 m in length, making its mark in the Brunei Book of Records.

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Another record holder in the Brunei Book of Records that was on display yesterday was the domino chain reaction by the students of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).

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In addition to those mentioned above, there were several artistic displays and performances such as the booming drums percussion by Hundred Beats Brunei, several artworks from the students of Atelier Huifong Ng, and books by local authors at the The Tiny Lit Fest literary community booth which also features the upcoming Brunei’s comic book series “The Chronicles of Tebuanman”.

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Moreover, for those who are more interested in physical activities, there were also arm wrestling demonstrations by the Brunei Arm Wrestling Association, while Ar Rafi Archery Brunei displayed their bows and arrows, the Kelab Komuniti Belia Transformasi (KKBT) their darts for their upcoming tournament, the Brunei Darussalam Kites Association (PEKIKIK) showcase various forms of kites.

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There were also several activities lined up for the children. They were given a chance to explore their creativity yesterday with Engage Minds Learning, using recyclable materials to build houses and castles to their imagination. OGDC and Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) also took the chance to expose and nurture these young minds to road safety, rules and regulations through their Traffic Game.

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With a programme in mind to suit people of all ages, the Brunei December Festival 2019 makes sure that Brunei is kept active and alive during the holidays. So do check out the events lined up and don’t forget to join in the fun!