Saudi Arabia organised Al Liwan cultural event in Riyadh on February 22 to commemorate its foundation day. The event highlighted the three centuries’ history, tradition and growth of the country. February 22 was declared a national holiday last year, following a royal decree by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Al Liwan was organised at King Abdullah Financial District in the Saudi capital, showcasing the dynamism of Saudi Arabia’s traditional markets and the originality of its traditional attire. Celebrations were held in 14 locations to mark the foundation of the country by Imam Mohammed bin Saud. In addition to interactive exhibitions, cultural seminars and historical theatrical performances were organised.
People dressed in traditional attire and their families and visitors from other countries were seen celebrating in the event. Parade, balloon flights, painting competitions, melodies and family events were the other engagements held across the nation during the four-day holiday. The Ministry of Culture held a musical theatre performance highlighting the history of Saudi Arabia in Princess Nourah University’s Red Hall. The show premiered on February 20, and will continue till February 27. A popular family festivity was the Majlis, an educational event spotlighting the heritage and culture of the First Saudi State through lectures, panel discussions and workshops hosted in King Fahd National Library.