During the month long December school holiday many people go abroad to visit places of interest and to shop. However, not everybody visits foreign countries for leisure. For many Muslims, the month of December is also a time to take their families to perform Umrah or the lesser pilgrimage in Makkah Al-Mukaramah. Travel agents' records show around two thousand Bruneians are performing the Umrah this month. Today alone 200 people taking the Darussalam Holdings Sendirian Berhad, Straits Central Agencies Sendiran Berhad and At-Taqwa Travel Tours Sendirian umrah packages left the country for the Holy City.
The Umrah can be performed at any time of the year. For Bruneians, the final term school holiday is often chosen as the time to perform umrah with the family, because it is long and most importantly, the children are on holiday. Besides performing umrah, they also visit historic places in Madinah Al-Munawarrah and Makkah Al-Mukaramah. Before leaving for the lesser pilgrimage, the pilgrims were briefed on the religious journey and the necessary preparations for the trip.
Source: Radio Television Brunei