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Christmas
Brunei

Christmas 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Brunei Darussalam

About two-thirds of Brunei’s population are Muslim, and only 10 percent are Christian. And yet, Christmas Day is a public holiday. But at the same time, celebrating Christmas publicly or by non-Muslims has been banned in Brunei since 2015.

YearDateDayHoliday
202025 DecFriChristmas Day
26 DecSatChristmas Holiday
202125 DecSatChristmas Day
202225 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonChristmas Holiday
202325 DecMonChristmas Day
202425 DecWedChristmas Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Christians living in Brunei can still go to church for special services and celebrate with friends and family at home. And in certain communities with high concentrations of Christians, putting up a few public decorations could be allowed if the authorities are alerted first and if they provide permission.

But activities such as singing Christmas carols, setting up Christmas trees, exchanging Christmas cards and gifts, and decorating the home with Christmas paraphernalia is strictly forbidden to Muslims since it might damage the Islamic faith of Brunei.

Read more about the ban here.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
201925 DecWedChristmas Day
201825 DecTueChristmas Day
201725 DecMonChristmas Day