As part of His Majesty, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 72nd birthday celebration, the annual “Ramah Mesra Bersama Rakyat” (Get-together with the people) event at all four districts started last week in the Tutong district.
The get-together event is a special occasion where each of the four districts can showcase their love and appreciation towards His Majesty by giving outstanding stage performances and to have a chance to greet His Majesty during the get-together ceremony.
This year, the Sutera team went on to experience the celebration in both the Tutong and Belait District. There were some subtle differences between the two districts – unique in their own ways.
Aside from the location, where Tutong being a small district, the amount people is considerably less than the ones in Belait. The small location for Tutong’s event meant that it was a convenience for people to meet and greet His Majesty and the Royal Families during the event.
In Belait, the place is larger in order to accommodate the many local people as well as the expatriates who are working and living in the country – this was very apparent with the amount of camps set up during the event. As with public events, it is best to come early to get parking spots – usually full during events like this. For photographers and videographers, it is easier to get a good shot of His Majesty and Royal Family at Tutong than in Belait.
Another apparent difference is the performances from students from the schools showcasing unique performances for their love of His Majesty. In Tutong, they had local artists sang specially crafted songs for the Sultan. While in Belait, there had some recordings from students studying in other countries greeting His Majesty as part of the performance. These remarkable spectacle helped giving the districts a different type of ambiance for the people.
These are just some of the differences after experiencing both Tutong and Belait Get-together events. The final ‘Junjung Ziarah’ event will be held at the Brunei-Muara District on Sunday, 29th July 2018. Head down to the capital to experience it with your friends and family as it will be an event you will remember for a long time.