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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN Nike Air Force 1 Mid 07 Blancas Baratas , July 9 (Xinhua) -- At 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, the normally heavily-guarded gates of the Istana Nurul Iman, the seat of power in the sultanate of Brunei, are open and a crowd is gathered at the entrance.

People dressed in their best traditional outfits, the favoured garb for formal occasions, mingle with those dressed in casual tops and jeans, taking pictures with family and friends as they wait to be escorted into buses that line the driveway to the palace.

It is the fourth day of Hari Raya, and everyone is waiting to enter the palace to celebrate the Muslim holiday that marks the end of the fasting month with royalty.

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The three-day open house at the palace, from Thursday to Saturday, is one of the highlights of celebrating Hari Raya in the sultanate. The royal residence only opens its doors to the public for three days each year, and those fall on the Eid season, which in Brunei lasts for an entire month.

For people who flock to the halls of the palace on these days, the event is a chance to meet the monarch and his family. The affair is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. In each of these sessions, the King and his family members spend a few hours with visiting guests.

"The visitors OFF White x Nike Air Force 1 Bajas The Ten Blancas AO4606-100 Baratas , from all walks of life, number in the thousands," Dewi Rina, who works in local media, says. According to a report from The Brunei Times, more than 100,000 people went to the Istana open house last year. Preliminary estimates by the newspaper for this year peg the number of Istana visitors at 67,000 for the first two days of the open house.

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Children get green packets that contain cash.

Lavish celebrations of this kind are not limited to the palace grounds. Outside of the royal residence, receptions, though at a smaller scale than the one hosted by the Royal Family, are also organised throughout the month.

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Opening their homes to relatives, friends and strangers is an opportunity for Muslims in Brunei to share the joy of the season with their guests.

There are no rules to follow for receiving guests into homes, but a generally accepted practice is that elders get the honor of being the first to host a gathering among family members.

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Among those who hold open houses, there is a variation in the scope: Some households open their doors to family members, friends and those they take with them; others, to whoever happens to drop by.

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Hosting an open house calls for heavy preparations, which may start during the last days of Ramadhan.

Anton Lim, executive manager at Brunei's First Emporium, notes that the days leading to Hari Raya mark the retail company's best sales period for the year.

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The expenses pile up, but for many who observe Hari Raya, breaching the monthly bill is a small price to pay for being able to celebrate the season with those they hold dear.

"Raya is the best time to strengthen relations with each other, mend broken ties and forge new ones," says Dewi Rina, whose traditions for the season include visiting the graves of relatives who have passed on during the first few days of Hari Raya.

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For Izam, spending time with family during Hari Raya gives him a "feel good factor that I don't quite get anywhere else".

"I was fortunate to be brought up in a very big and close knit family... I appreciate it (Raya) for what it is, a way to be in touch with people I grew up with and also stay close with those I get along with."

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