The festive stalls and stage performances have become synonymous with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's birthday celebration - for the country's citizens and residents. The public's presence at the stalls and festive stage, as well as participation of stall vendors symbolise the loyalty and support of the citizens and residents in the country in enlivening the annual celebration.
It has been more than 5 decades since festive stalls and stage performances are held in each district. Various stage performances are held by government and private agencies which include singing competitions, pentarama performances, sketches and religious themed events throughout the over 2-week long festivity. The public's presence every night throughout the festivity further enlivens the stage performances.
The Royal Birthday Committee has worked tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of the festive stage activities and stalls. For stall vendors, the opportunity to be part of the festivity is very much welcome. Every year, a variety of goods ranging from food, drinks and clothing are sold according to the latest trend.
For vendors and visitors, the lively atmosphere of the festivity is not only dependent on the public's visits, but more towards finding or buying items such as sotong tutuk or squid, longans and toys. For children, toys and balloons are some of the attractions.
The aroma of grilled squid and the sound of its bashing are enough to attract visitors to these stalls. A variety of techniques can be seen here, but for most people, it all depends on the sauce and the tenderness of the squid. For vendors, despite being in the business of selling these specialty squids, the price for each portion still remains at 1 dollar.
For most people, these festive stalls eagerly awaited. It also provides a place for people to spend time with family and friends, especially during the weekend. For vendors, - both old and new - it is a place to earn a side income and expand their business.
Source: Radio Television Brunei