The National Day is a designated date on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a nation or non-sovereign country. This nationhood can be symbolized by the date of independence, of becoming republic or a significant date for a patron saint or a ruler (birthday, accession, removal, etc.). Often the day is not called “National Day” but serves and can be considered as one. The National Day will often be a national holiday.
Some countries have more than one National Day. For example, Pakistan has three National Days, none of which is named the ”National Day”. This signals the use of a ”class” of National Days, that are equally important in the foundation of the nation, and a ”class” of less important official public holidays.
Importance attached to the National Day as well as the degree to which it is celebrated vary greatly from country to country. For example, Spain’s National Day is held on 12 October, the day celebrated in other countries as Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, and commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. A military parade is held in Madrid celebrating the occasion. National Day in France is 14 July and known as the Fête nationale (known outside of France as Bastille Day) commemorating the Storming of the Bastille, which is considered the start of the French Revolution. It is widely celebrated and the French Tricolour is much in evidence, while the President of the Republic attends a military parade on the Champs-Élysées of Paris. In the United States, the Independence Day celebrations on 4 July are widely celebrated with parades, fireworks, picnics and barbecues. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day, 17 March, has been the National Day and a Public Holiday for many years. However, in the United Kingdom the constituent countries’ patron saints’ days are low-key affairs. In recent times campaigns have commenced to promote the National Days of England, Scotland and Wales, with St Andrew’s Day being designated as an official bank holiday when the Scottish Parliament passed the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Act 2007. A National Day for the United Kingdom has also been proposed in recent years.
Most countries have a fixed date National Day, but some have movable dates. An example here is Jamaica, which up to 1997 celebrated its National Day on the first Monday in August. This commemorated independence from the United Kingdom which was attained on Monday, 6 August 1962, the first Monday in August of that year. Another example is Thailand which celebrates the birthday of the king on 5 December. This date will change on the accession of the heir to the throne.
National Day of Saudi Arabia
The National Day in Saudi Arabia is a celebrated event which holds an important place in the History of Saudi Arabia. It is indeed among the most significant events of the 20th century and symbolizes the genesis of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Celebrated on the 23rd of September each year, the National Day in Saudi Arabia represents the identity of the nation and is greatly associated with the unification of the country by the late King Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Rahman al-Faisal al-Saud in the year 1932.
In the words of the Minister of Culture and Information of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Dr Fouad Al Farsy “it (National Day in Saudi Arabia) marks the start of the greatest political and social changes the region has ever witnessed”.
The day imbibes all the Customs and Traditions in Saudi Arabia and signifies the true spirit of the Saudi Arabian nation.
National Day of Saudi Arabia is truly one of the major events among all the Saudi Arabia Festivals and Events
Saudi Arabia’s National Day laid the foundation of the nation and its constitution. The Islamic Sharia, was formally accepted as the country’s constitution. The Saudi Arabian nation came into existence and Saudi Arabia saw an immense growth in all fields. Based on the principals of Arabic solidarity, Islamic jurisprudence, economic progress, the nation witnessed phenomenal growth and security. The National Day of Saudi Arabia is a day for jubilation and merry making, and also symbolizes the rich Culture of Saudi Arabia.