Public & National Holidays in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, officially known as Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is the largest Arab state or country by land area in Western Asia. Jordan and Iraq are bordered to the North of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait to the North-East, Qatar, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates to the East, Oman to the South-East, Yemen in the South, Red Sea to the West and the Persian Gulf to the East.

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the Holiest country to the Muslims, and millions of Muslims visit the country yearly to perform Hajj and Umrah.

There are not many separate Public & National Holidays in Saudi Arabia as compared to other countries. However, the duration of these holidays is quite lengthy.

Instructions

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    Holidays in September:


    Saudi National Day:

    Saudi National Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and it is celebrated on September 23. It is locally known as Al-Yaom or Al-Watany.

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    Holidays for Eid-ul-Fitr:


    Eid-ul-Fitr:

    Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-al-Fitr is an important religious holiday all around the Muslim world. It is not celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar, but it is actually celebrated on the first of Shawwal, which comes after the holy month of Ramadan in the Islamic Calendar. Eid-ul-Fitr is a single day Eid, and Muslims are not allowed to fast on this day. Most of the Muslim countries announce three days official holidays, but the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia observes Eid-ul-Fitr officially for ten days. All of the government offices are closed for 10 days. However, some of the private companies resume their work after three, five or seven days.

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    Holidays for Eid-ul-Adha


    Eid-ul-Adha:

    Eid-ul-Adha is another important religious holiday in every Muslim country. It is also not celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar, but it is celebrated on the 10th of Dhu-ul-Hijjah. It is celebrated to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrāhīm to sacrifice his son Ismā'īl as an act of submission to Allah command, and Ismā'īl’s acceptance to being sacrificed. However, Allah intervened and provided a lamb to sacrifice to Prophet Ibrāhīm. To keep this act of submission alive, Allah made it a permanent act for every Muslim, who can afford, to sacrifice a lamb on the 10th of Dhu-ul-Hijjah. Every Muslim dominated country officially announces three or four days holiday at Eid-ul-Adha. However, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a national holiday is observed for ten days. All government offices remain closed during this period. However, some of the private companies resume their work after five or seven days.

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