Saudi National Day(Celebrations In Saudi)
One of Celebrations In Saudi Arabia, Sept. 23 marks Saudi Arabia’s National Day, celebrating the unification of Najd and Hijaz. In 1932,
the merged nations became the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after the family of King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, of the House of Saud.
Al Yom Al Watany, as Saudi National Day is known in Arabic, is celebrated on a fixed date on the solar calendar.
But the years for the holiday are counted according to the lunar calendar,
so 2020 marks the 90th anniversary of the nation (instead of the 88th, as it would be if counted by the solar calendar).
How Is Saudi National Day Celebrated?
The occasion is marked with fireworks, parades packed with floats showcasing the highlights of each region, music and traditional outfits,
and Saudi flags lining the streets. Special cultural events are held, and national pride is palpable everywhere,
from people decorating their cars and homes to buildings lit up in green for the day.
“National Day in Saudi Arabia has become hugely nationalistic over the past several years. Everyone dresses in green and white (the colors of the Saudi Arabian flag),”
says Kristine MacMillan, a registered nurse who lived in Riyadh for six years.
National Day in Jeddah(Celebrations In Saudi)
Then, In Jeddah, discover a different but equally fun atmosphere filled with events and stands lining the coastal Corniche. In addition to parades,
there are incredible sales for those who love to shop. To sum it up in the words of one former expat:
“National Day is a day when Saudis celebrate their past and anticipate their future.”
Eid Al Fitr
The ninth month of the Hijri is the holy month of Ramadan, which concludes with a big three-day celebration to break the fast for another year. While iftar,
breaking the fast, is celebrated every day after sunset throughout Ramadan, this is the end of Ramadan, and the end of the holy month’s intermittent fasting.
This festive occasion is called Eid Al Fitr.
After a month of fasting and reflection, this Eid celebration is about sharing what you have with others, including giving Zakat Al Fitr, a special payment to charity.
The organization Islamic Relief explains: “The minimum amount due is the equivalent of about two kilograms of wheat flour, rice or other staple foodstuff,
per member of the household, including dependents, even if they do not live in the same house. Approximately £5/US$7 per head is a safe estimated amount.”
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