Triumphant folk dances mark royal birthday
By Sonia K.

Thousands of residents, both young and old, from Brunei-Muara District flocked to Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien in the capital yesterday to greet His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Accompanying His Majesty to the get-together were HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, The Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, HRH Prince Abdul Azim, HRH Prince Abdul Malik and HRH Prince Abdul Mateen.

Despite the stifling morning weather, the people put on a fantastic show in honour of His Majesty's 60th birthday. The performance showcased a combination of ethnic performances of how people living in Kampong Ayer and on land as well as the Tiong Hua community celebrate their successes.

The audiences were entertained by dance routines like Adai-adai, Aduk-aduk and the beat of the 'genderang'. Adai-adai is usually celebrated when a fisherman returns from sea, while Aduk-aduk is a portrait of people living on land after the harvest season. The Tiong Hua community celebrates its successes by playing the 'genderang'.

After the spectacular show, His Majesty together with the royal entourage met with the performers and well-wishers in a 'junjung ziarah'. - Borneo Bulletin (24th July 2006)