A birthday party for the Sultan of Brunei, one of the richest men in the world, is bound to be a lavish occasion. This royal birthday rolls around every July 15th and is one of the most important events in the Brunei national calendar, with activities and events held nationwide.
The festivities last for two weeks, beginning with a mass prayer throughout the country, followed by visits, parades and fireworks. Thousands of people in the streets surround Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien for the traditional parade, with many people flocking here to express their gratitude to the king for his services.
On this day His Majesty the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah also delivers a royal address, followed by an inauguration ceremony held at the Istana Nurul Iman Palace. The event is also marked with gatherings at the 4 districts where His Majesty meets with his subjects. The day ends with a banquet and the fireworks behind the palace in the evening.