Saudi National Day

Saudi National Day (Arabic: اليوم الوطني للمملكة العربية السعودية al-Yawm al-Waṭanī lil-Mamlaka al-ʿArabiyya as-Saʿūdiyya) is celebrated in Saudi Arabia every 23 September to commemorate the renaming of the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by royal decree of King Abdul Aziz Al Saud in 1932.[1]

اليوم الوطني للمملكة العربية السعودية
Saudi National Day
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Official nameSaudi National Day
Observed bySaudi Arabia
TypeNational
SignificanceRenaming of Nejd and Hejaz to Saudi Arabia
Date23 September
Next time23 September 2022 (2022-09-23)
FrequencyAnnual

It was made a national holiday by King Abdullah in 2005.[2] The number of lunar, not solar, years are commemorated.[3]

Establishment of Saudi ArabiaEdit

King Abdulaziz was able to conquer the oases of Riyadh in 1902; and al-Hasa in 1913, and by 1925, he unified both Nejd and the Hejaz after defeating the forces of Sharif Hussein. On 23 September 1932, King Abdulaziz changed the name of his realm to his family name, the House of Saud.

CustomsEdit

Saudi National Day is celebrated with folk dances, songs, and traditional festivities. Roads and buildings are decorated with Saudi flags, and people wear the national colours of green and white, and display balloons in the same.[4]

Events and occasions on the same dayEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History". Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  2. ^ Eman Alhussein (1 June 2019). "Saudi First: How Hyper-Nationalism is Transforming Saudi Arabia" (PDF). European Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  3. ^ "اليوم الوطني / مبنى "إثراء" يروي تاريخ المملكة وكالة الأنباء السعودية". www.spa.gov.sa. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Saudi Arabia marks national day with fireworks, and concerts". Muslim Global. Retrieved 24 September 2017.