Saudi National Day

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اليوم الوطني للمملكة العربية السعودية
Saudi National Day
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Official name Saudi Arabia National Day
Observed by Saudi Arabia
Type National
Significance Name change of Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz to Saudi Arabia.
Date 23 September
Frequency annual

Saudi National Day (Arabic: اليوم الوطني للمملكة العربية السعودية) is celebrated in Saudi Arabia on every 23 September to commemorate the name changing of the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by a royal decree from King Abdulaziz in 1932.[1] It is a National Holiday.

Establishment of Saudi Arabia[edit]

King Abdulaziz was able to conquer the oasis of Riyadh 1902, in 1913 he conquered al-Hasa, by 1925, he unified both Nejd and Hijaz after defeating the forces of Sharif Hussein bin Ali. On 23 September 1932 Ibn Saud decided to change the name of his realm to his family name, the House of Saud.[2]

Celebrating[edit]

Saudi National Day is celebrated with folklore dances, songs and traditional festivals. The roads and buildings are decorated with Saudi flags and people wear Saudi Arabian shirts. On Saudi National Day, people celebrate all over Saudi Arabia.[3]


The National Day of Saudi Arabia is an opportunity to learn about the work of the King Abdulaziz, how he established the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and what he did to unify a large portion of Arabia. Therefore this memory is celebrated by some Saudis. According to the Saudi Arabian government, the celebration is an opportunity to learn the Saudi Arabian heritage, customs and traditions. The aim of the celebrations is to introduce the heritage of Saudi Arabia, appreciate the beauty of the country, and promote pride in their country and its rich history.

Events and occasions on the same day[edit]

  • 2005: King Abdullah acknowledged that the Saudi National Day becomes an official holiday for the kingdom.
  • 2009: The Saudi National Day the 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.
  • 2014: On the Saudi National Day Jeddah Municipality launched the tallest Flagpole in the world. Mediated applicable in the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques square in the central of Jeddah. The flagpole is at a height of more than 171 meters. The flag is 49.5 meters tall by 33 meters wide with a total area of 1635 square meters, and weighing 570 kg.
  • 2015: Saudi National Day approved (the day of Arafa), for the first time.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". Retrieved 2017-09-23. 
  2. ^ "History". Retrieved 2017-09-23. 
  3. ^ "Saudi Arabia marks national day with fireworks, and concerts". Muslim Global. Retrieved 24 September 2017.