Brunei is an oil-rich country in Southeast Asia. The common tourists may not have heard about this tiny Muslim sultanate since it is overshadowed by the popularity of neighboring Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Those who know Muslim destinations, exotic cultures and exciting dive spots, however, are likely to have visited or at least heard good things about Brunei. Culture and festivals in Brunei are so rich and diverse; it is no surprise that more and more vacationers are considering this sultanate as a place to visit.
Bruneians are Malay in race and Muslim in religion. Citizens come from Malay, Chinese and Indian descent. And while Islam is the official state religion, other religious beliefs and inclinations are practiced, honored and allowed by the constitution. This religious openness and acceptance is apparent in Brunei’s national festivals.