Public Holidays in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia observes several public holidays, and most of them are based on the Islamic lunar calendar. Here are some of the major public holidays in Saudi Arabia:
- Eid al-Fitr: This holiday marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. It's a time for family gatherings, feasting, and charitable activities. The date varies each year based on the Islamic lunar calendar.
- Eid al-Adha: Also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, it commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son for God's command. It involves the sacrifice of an animal and is a time for prayer and acts of charity. The date is determined by the Islamic lunar calendar.
- Hijri New Year (Islamic New Year): Celebrating the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar year. The date varies each year.
- Saudi National Day (September 23): Commemorating the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by King Abdulaziz in 1932. It's a day of national pride and celebrations.
- Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (Mawlid al-Nabi): Celebrating the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The date is based on the Islamic lunar calendar.
- Ashura: A significant religious observance for Shiite Muslims, marking the martyrdom of Imam Hussein. The date varies according to the Islamic lunar calendar.
- Isra and Mi'raj: Commemorating the night journey and ascension of the Prophet Muhammad. The date is based on the Islamic lunar calendar.
- Saudi National Day: Celebrating the unity and founding of Saudi Arabia on September 23rd.
Please note that Islamic holidays are determined by the lunar calendar, so their dates vary each year.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Founding Day||February 22||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr||April 10||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr Holiday||April 11||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr Holiday||April 12||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr Holiday||April 13||Saturday||Public Holiday|