Activities lined up for Family Day

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI will start marking National Family Day 2016 on Saturday to empower families and help overcome social issues in the community.

Permanent Secretary of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Jalil said the celebrations will begin with mass thanksgiving prayers at all mosques and prayers halls nationwide.

The main mosques will be Masjid Sultan Sharif Ali Sengkurong in Brunei-Muara, Masjid Mohammad Jamalul Alam in Belait, Tutong’s Masjid Hassanal Bolkiah and Masjid Utama Mohammed Salleh in Temburong.

The permanent secretary announced the National Family Day plans in a press conference yesterday.

Last year’s theme of ‘Visionary Family’ with the motto ‘My Family, My Hope’ has been retained for this year’s Family Day.

She said State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz Juned will deliver a talk on strengthening the family institution at the Prime Minister’s Office on May 1.

Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila said the talk is for youth, including students of higher education institutions, trainers at the Youth Development Centre and uniformed personnel recruits.

Other activities include an ‘Affectionate Family Gathering’ at the International Convention Centre on May 3 in the morning and at Pusat Insani, Seria in the afternoon.

“A forum on strengthening the family institution will also take place during the gatherings,” she said.

Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila said the forum will include talks delivered by officers from Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College and the Ministry of Education.

“Babies born on National Family Day will also be awarded with gifts as part of the ‘Anakku Harapanku’ programme on May 2,” the permanent secretary said.

She also encouraged families to organise activities to mark Family Day. Members of the public can share their activities through Instagram by tagging @harikeluargakebangsaan or use the hashtag #hkk2016.

Held every first Sunday in May, National Family Day was first observed in 2012.

The Brunei Times