Religion also takes on an important role in the way of life for many people, from
dress and diet (below) to schedule. Friday is Islam's holy day and as a primarily
Muslim country many, but not all people take Friday evening to pray.
Since most people live in the city this contributes to the way of life as well.
People live closer, public transportation is more common than private, and nearly
any food or good is more easily accessible.
Leisure time in Brunei is spent in a huge number of ways. In the city there are
plenty of entertainment options, but few people drink so bars are uncommon. Many
people prefer spending free time with family or friends and due to relatively high
incomes; many people have some discretionary income to enjoy their time off of work.
The ethnic Malays in Brunei tend to identify as Bruneian,
which is primarily a political-based definition, but one that also has strong aspects
of the culture associated with it. This identity is usually associated with being
an ethnic Malay, speaking Malay, and being Muslim, but it also implies that the
person is a citizen of Brunei, hence excluding ethnic Malays living elsewhere. The
ethnic minorities tend to identify with their ethnicity, many of whom are ethnically
Chinese or Indian, but numerous smaller groups also exist, such as the Lun Bawang