Customs and traditions Brunei

Brunei is a fairly strict Muslim country, there is even a ministry of religious affairs, which monitors the observance of Islamic standards and contributes to the promotion of Islam in all parties to the country’s life. Almost all the life of the Brunetsev revolves around Islam, "Adat" or "Generally accepted law", Manages many aspects of both personal and public life of local residents. Some things and actions are prohibited ("Haram"), others are permissible, but are not encouraged ("Makrukh"), and there is still a whole layer of events falling under the concept "Halal", that is, allowed Muslim.

The Constitution, however, takes into account the features of other religions that are confessed by residents of the country, carried out and the right of complete freedom of religion. At the same time, in some widespread Islamic norms, obvious relaxation was made here, and local residents enjoy the liberals reputation – women in Bruherni go free on both the national and European clothes, serve in the police, water cars and participate in social lives. However, women are strongly recommended not to wear a causing dresses with open knees and uncovered heads. Light clothes with long sleeves are quite acceptable, however, when visiting cults and business events, it is necessary to pre-clarify all the conditions and rules suitable for this case.

Bruneitsy are generally very tolerant and fairly easy forgive foreigners small violations of local norms and customs. Nevertheless, the observance of local laws only emphasizes the respect of the guest to the culture and customs of this country, which markedly facilitates communication and mutual understanding. When visiting the mosque, all visitors must remove the shoes and leave it at the threshold (such a norm is applicable to the entrance to local dwellings). Women should cover their heads and have closed knees and wrists.

The use of pork and alcohol in Brawn is prohibited, but the private consumption of wine with non-Muslims in hotels and some restaurants is allowed (it is not worth doing this). No meat, cooked without the observance of Islamic standards, touch the head of an unfamiliar person (even a child), touch the Qur’an or to pass in front of a person who bowed in prayer. Use your left hand when transferring something impossible, this part of the body in Islam is considered "unclean". Smoking falls under the concept "Makrukh".

Polite is considered to take small gifts or treats. If you refuse something, it should be slightly touched by the right hand of the proposed object and formulate a polite refusal. Bruneitsa exchange hands, only slightly touching hands, and then press her hand to the chest. Sharing handshakes with representatives of the opposite sex is not recommended. Also here should be very careful with gesticulation – many are quite ordinary for Europeans gestures, like instructions with a finger on something, and even more so – someone are indecent. It is impossible to hit the fist of one hand into the open palm of another. To cause a taxi or attract someone’s attention, you should wave with the whole hand with a revealed palm.

During the month, Ramadan, Muslims do not eat food from sunrise to sunset. Eating or drinking in their presence in this period extremely indecent. Nemumulman should not be in the company of persons opposed to Islam. Sexual contacts between non-Muslims and Muslims, and even behavior hinting at their ability to punishable up to expulsion. There are many forms of polite appeals to local residents – most often used "avang", Equivalent to our "Madam" or "Mr". If there are no cutlery at the table, you can eat hand (only right!).

Customs and traditions Brunei

The country provides for very tough, up to the death penalty, the rule of punishment for the use and distribution of drugs. Also should not be discussed by the policy of Sultan or its own – in the eyes of the locals, this is a very distinguished person whose deeds cannot be subject to.

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