Tourists revel in National Day celebrations

Aziz Idris

A group of peace travellers from Germany praised Brunei’s efforts in preserving nature, especially by keeping our rainforest intact and full of flora and fauna.

This was shared by Chairman of the General Management for World Tour for Peace Susanne Knopp during an interview with the media on the side-lines of the 36th National Day Celebration in the capital yesterday.

The group is in Brunei for the National Day celebration and will travel to Temburong today.

“(Brunei) has done so much in preserving the forest and we are here experiencing it ourselves so we can tell the whole world what Brunei is doing.

“We thank you for the effort. This is good news not only for Brunei but to the whole world,” she added.

The female members of the group wore white hijabs as a show of respect to the culture and to immerse themselves with local traditions. “We decided to wear the hijab, to show solidarity and respect for the auspicious occasion. And of course it looks really nice on us too,” she smiled.

Members of the German Peace Movement participate in the celebration. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
Kristina from Russia, Demitri from Bulgaria and Marco from Italy

Touching on the celebrations, the group told the media that they could feel the joy and spirit of patriotism from the participants, especially children who braved the sun and executed a splendid performance.

The group will be travelling to over 100 cities to laying the foundations for a City of Peace – and Brunei being one of them.

“We will share our experience today and share it everywhere we go.”

Three travelling friends; Marco from Italy, Kristina from Russia and Demitri from Bulgaria had the rare opportunity to get up close to the monarch at yesterday’s celebrations.

The three friends were not aware about the National Day celebrations until they reached Brunei the day before.

“We arrived yesterday and today, we already met the king and took a selfie. We can cross this out of our bucket list,” said Marco.

For Sameer, a solo traveller from India, the celebrations reflect the love of the nation for the monarch.

“The best part of the celebration was when His Majesty came down from the stage (dias) and shook hands and greeted with the young field performers. This is not common anywhere. This is a memorable experience overall,” he said.