Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Our World: Saudi National Day

September 23 is celebrated in Saudi Arabia as Saudi National Day, the day when in 1932 the country officially became a unified kingdom under King Abdulaziz.  Oddly enough, this holiday was not really celebrated until just a few short years ago.   The reason for why this holiday was not celebrated for so many years lies in the question of whether or not such celebrations are forbidden by Islam.  This question was an ongoing debate amongst religious scholars until the current king and his government voiced their support of the holiday.  With each passing year since then, the nation's birthday celebrations have gotten bigger and better, with fireworks, speeches and ceremonies, face painting, special events, shouting in the streets, special shopping sales, and a general sense of happiness and pride.

On this day, Saudi Arabia becomes awash in a sea of green (the color of the Saudi flag) with many items specially available to wear, banners, flags, balloons, and decorations. 




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9 comments:

Photo Cache said...

I didn't know there is such a day. Happy Fall Season and I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog again.

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting post for the day, Susie!! And it is so good to see you posting again!! Hope you have a lovely week -- whatever is left of it!!

William Kendall said...

Those sun hats certainly come in handy in that environment. A country needs a day to celebrate and be festive. I didn't know Saudi Arabia had one.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I learned something new. I think such celebrations are great.

Murthy said...

Very cool pics with nice info...thanks for sharing!

Jerry Mc Kenna said...

I guess the love green because it's one color they don't see much of.

Mama Zen said...

That's really neat!

Dina said...

I'm glad the King put an end to the debate. Hope you had a happy National Day.

NC Sue said...

I'm not Muslim, so pardon my ignorance, but what precept of your faith would this celebration violate? I'm curious.