Bandar Seri Begawan - Traditional boat races were once regarded as a significant event in uniting families and creating harmonious relations between the Sultanate and neighbouring countries. It is of no doubt, still part of Brunei's unique culture, identity and history.
This was highlighted by Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Hazair bin Hj Abdullah, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, in an interview yesterday after officially launching the 1930 to 2012 Regatta Flashback Exhibition at the Dermaga Diraja Bandar Seri Begawan.
"The Brunei Regatta has been revived to restore the glory days of boat racing and its relevance in society," the minister said.
Regatta or boat races were once popular water sporting events held in conjunction with 'Istiadat Perpuspaan Sultan' and the birthday celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. It also featured side-events such as "chasing ducks" and diving.
The 1930 to 2012 Regatta Flashback Exhibition, organised by the Museums Department, showcases photos of the event from the 1930s to present.
It is open to the public for one month starting today and will end on March 2. Opening hours are from 9am until 5pm on Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 5pm on Fridays, and 9.45am to 5pm on Saturdays.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin