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BITS OF CULTURE - Brunei Darussalam
 
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Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

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Official language:
Malay

Other languages:
English
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Cultural Values
  • It is customary for Bruneians to eat with their fingers rather than use spoons and forks.
  • Is polite to accept even just a little food and drink when offered.
  • When refusing anything offered, it's polite to touch the plate lightly with the right hand.
  • They sit on the floor, especially when there's a fairly large gathering of people. It is considered feminine to sit on the floor with a woman's legs tucked to one side, and equally polite for men to sit with folded legs crossed at the ankles. It's rude for anyone to sit on the floor with the legs stretched out in front, especially if someone is sitting in front.
  • It is considered impolite to eat or drink while walking about in public except at picnics or fairs.
  • When walking in front of people, especially the elderly and those senior in rank or position, it is a gesture of courtesy and respect for one to bend down slightly, as if one is bowing .
  • One should not lean on a table with someone seated on it especially if one is visiting an official or colleague in an office.
  • Resting one's feet on the table or chair is seen as overbearing.
  • To touch or pat someone, including children, on the head is regarded as extremely disrespectful.
  • The polite way of beckoning at someone is by using all four fingers of the right hand with the palm down and motioning them towards yourself. It is considered extremely impolite to beckon at someone with the index finger.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values

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Diet
  • Food stalls offer Malay favorites, such as satay (barbecued meat/seafood on a skewer) steamboat and a variety of noodles and rice dishes.
  • One of the traditional dishes is called ‘Ambuyat’, which is served together with grilled fish and a spicy mango sauce
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Interesting Facts
  • There is a government department responsible for preserving ceremony and advising on protocol, dress and heraldry.
  • Governed by the longest serving family Monarchy in the world and financially secure because of it's oil and gas resources.
  • Brunei is also called “The Abode of Peace”.
  • In all the homes and business offices in Brunei, three portraits hang on the wall. One is of the Sultan and the other two are the current wives.
  • Brunei’s population is mainly composed of Malays with a mixture of Chinese and Indian communities.

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