Saudi Flag Day
Saudi Arabia has announced that it will mark Flag Day annually on March 11. This new national celebration was established by a royal decree from King Salman bin Abdulaziz, commemorating the day when the former King, Abdulaziz Al Saud, authorized the country’s flag as a representation of the Kingdom.
Historical Significance of the Saudi Flag
On March 11, 1937, corresponding to the 27th of Dhu al-Hijjah 1355 AH, the flag of Saudi Arabia was adopted. It was King Abdulaziz Al Saud who authorized the flag as a representation of the country. The flag is an essential symbol of the Kingdom’s identity, history, and traditions. Over the years, the flag has been updated to reflect the changing times, but the essence of the flag remains the same.
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The Symbolism behind the Flag
The green flag of Saudi Arabia has an Arabic inscription and a sword in white. The inscription is the Muslim profession of faith, لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ الله, which translates to: “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” The green color represents Islam and the country’s unique position as the birthplace of Islam. The sword represents the strictness in applying justice.
The Growing Importance of National Celebrations in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has been taking steps to promote national unity and pride among its citizens. Last year, the country established Founding Day, which is celebrated nation-wide with an annual public holiday and festivities. Founding Day commemorates the establishment of the first Saudi state in 1727. Now, with the introduction of Flag Day, Saudi Arabia continues to strengthen its national identity and encourage patriotism among its citizens.