Saudi Arabia will be celebrating its 87th National Day on Saturday (Sept. 23), 2017.
Saudi National Day is celebrated in Saudi Arabia on 23 September to commemorate the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by King Abdulaziz in 1930. All government departments and institutions are suspended in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to celebrate the National Day.
23rd September is the day that Saudi Arabia remembers how it succeeded in achieving national unity and how it become a distinct nation after it had been a society of warring tribes lacking security system. All Saudi nationals celebrate the day to show love and gratitude to their country Saudi Arabia.
The National Day of Saudi Arabia marks an opportunity to learn about the work of King Abdulaziz and how he established the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and what he did to unify his country.The celebration is an opportunity to learn the Saudi Arabian heritage, customs and traditions.
The flag of Saudi Arabia (Arabic: علم المملكة العربية السعودية) is the flag used by its government since March 15, 1973. It is a green flag featuring in white an Arabic inscription and a sword. The inscription is the Islamic creed, or shahada. The green of the flag represents Islam and the sword stands for the strictness in applying justice.
On Saudi National Day, celebrations break out all over the kingdom. There are Saudi flags flying high over the roadways, on public and private buildings, and on automobiles. Saudis sing their National Anthem with immense gratitude and respect towards the country. Photos and posters of the present king are also seen everywhere on display. There are fireworks shows, activities for kids, ethnic song and dance festivals, sports events, poetry recitations and folklore performances.
National Day programmes are put on in major malls like the Hayat and Panorama Mall in Riyadh. These events are largely geared toward children. There are often drawing, essay writing, and poetry composition contests. Thousands of Saudi flags are given out to visitors and live performances are aired on TV. There is poetry recitation, sports stars speaking, comedy acts, and a plethora of entertainment opportunities. At Al Hokair Amusement Park in Riyadh, there is a large, colorful castle that lights up at night, with towers, flags, and all. There are roller coasters, merry-go-rounds, bumper cars and bumper boats, children’s play areas, and much more.
Universities and schools also celebrate the day in a lively style.
Events and occasions related to Saudi National Day:
- In 2005, King Abdullah acknowledged the Saudi National Day as an official holiday for the kingdom.
- In 2009, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud opened King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in the presence of a number of heads of state of the world on the Saudi National Day.
- In 2014, on 23rd September, Jeddah Municipality launched the longest Jeddah Flagpole in the world with a height of more than 171 meters.
- In 2015, Saudi National Day approved (the day of Arafa), and that was for the first time.
Modern-day Saudi Arabia was established on Sept. 23, 1932, by the late King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud. He was known all over the world as Ibn Saud. And since the early history, the geographical location of the present day Saudi Arabia has been a famous trade route and convergence point for many civilizations.
Saudi Arabia will celebrate this National Day with joy and zeal, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. With their leadership and the loyalty of all the Saudi people Saudi Arabia hopes to overcome all present and future challenges.