- Posted September 22, 2013 by
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Saudi National Day: Green Day Festival of Patriotism
Excitement is all over the streets of Saudi Arabia as the society is preparing for the celebration of National Day on the 23rd of September. Numerous of cultural and recreational events will be organized to convey their patriotism for the nation.
This is the day when the nation is recognized and is significantly linked to the unity of its people. This day holds a focal point in the History of Saudi Arabia. The day symbolizes all the customs and traditions of the Kingdom and highlights the true essence of the Saudi Arabian nation. It is observed as one of the Public holidays in Saudi Arabia by the government and other private institutions.
My colleague and I went to Balad(historic center of the city of Jeddah) yesterday afternoon to buy some stuffs. We’ve seen Gift shops going green and have decorated most of their shelves with green embellishments. We’ve seen caps, flags, badges, T-shirts, bracelets, rings, masks, portraits of King Abdullah, wall posters, hand bags, shopping bags, large-sized eye-wear and most importantly, balloons and other green gift objects..
As we walked from one shop to another, some street vendors caught our attention and convinced us to stop and look. As expatriates in this country, we have learned to love and respect their customs and traditions. To rise to the upcoming occasion, I took some photos of the young vendors, the customers, bystanders and my friend to share it to the world. We were so overjoyed that we did not leave empty handed. We bought two half-green/half-white masquerade masks.