The main festivals of Brunei are: New Year's Day (January 1st), National Day (February 23rd), Lunar New Year, Anniversary of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (May 31st), Sultan’s Birthday (July 15th) and Islamic festivals, including Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha and Mawlid al-Nabi.
Nearly 70% of Brunei's population believes in Islam. Foreigners should pay attention to the following points in Brunei:
First, when pointing to people or things, you cannot use the index finger, but must clench the four fingers into a fist, and then put the thumb onto the index finger; in formal occasions, you cannot cross your legs. The left hand is considered to be unclean, so the right hand is used to pick up the items.
Second, gifts and souvenirs to Malays should have no human and animal figures.
Third, except for the royal members, ordinary Brunei people cannot wear yellow (the symbol of the royal family). Women dress conservatively, as they are not allowed to wear low-cut, open back, transparent, split or tight-fitting clothes for formal activities or in public places. Instead, they wear long dress usually. Men dress cleanly and neatly. In formal occasions, they wear suit jackets or Batik shirts (national costumes), long-sleeved shirts and suit pants. The Malay dresses are for the most formal occasion.