The nation’s iconic Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SHOAS) Bridge lit up in blue, green, red and white yesterday night to mark World Children’s Day, celebrated every November 20.
According to the Community Development Department, the lighting of the SHOAS Bridge is in commemoration of World Children’s Day as a continuous effort towards the commitment of the Sultanate to ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) with this year’s theme, ‘Inclusion, for every Child’.
The colour blue symbolises World Children’s Day in conjunction with the official colour of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), while green, red and white are chosen as a symbol of concern of Bruneians towards the suffering of the Palestinians, especially in remembering the fate of children who have died or lost loved ones as well as to show solidarity with the Palestinians. The bridge will remain lit until tomorrow from 7pm.
Members of the public are invited to take photos of the bridges and upload the pictures to their social media accounts using the hashtag #WCD2023 or #WorldChildrensDay. – James Kon