Flag hoisting rehearsal in Bandar

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A FULL rehearsal for the raising of the giant national flag to mark the start of the 68th birthday celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was held yesterday in the capital.

The giant national flag which measures by 3.7 by 7.3m (12 by 24 feet) will be hoisted in an elaborate display by the Royal Brunei Navy, donning their white uniform. Their entrance will be accompanied by a march pass of a 68 flag-bearers team comprising of the Fire and Rescue Department and Prisons Department.

The giant flag then will be carefully unfolded before being hosted on to the 110-foot high pole. The flag pole sits in the centre of the capital and has been used for the occasion since 2001.

The actual flag hoisting event is highlighted as one of the most significant national celebrations in the Sultanate, which signals for all citizens and residents to fly the national flags at their respective homes, offices and private building in honouring the monarch’s birthday.

Attending the full rehearsal yesterday was Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Halbi Hj Mohd Yussof, as the chairman of the giant national flag hoisting committee in conjunction with His Majesty’s 68th birthday this year.

Also present were Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretaries, officials from Adat Istiadat Negara, district officers and other committee members.

The rehearsal yesterday took place at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah open space in the capital.

Members of the public are called to fly the national flags at their residences to display the spirit of collective national pride and patriotism and deep sense of appreciation for our beloved monarch and country as well as love for His Majesty.

The people of Brunei Darussalam are called to hoist the national flag from August 1 to August 31, 2014.

Citizens and residents were to hoist the national flags while the Pengiran-Pengiran and those consented with titles to fly their respective flags.

The Brunei Times