Saudi Arabia Calendar
One of most powerful of Middle East blocs and a central figure to the OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is largely governed by Sharia, or Islamic Law. As such, the handful of holidays in the Saudi Arabia calendar 2013 is largely religious in nature, and usually lasts for days, unlike other public holidays anywhere in the world. Arabians do not celebrate the New Year in the Gregorian calendar like other countries with significant Muslim population like Malaysia, Indonesia and United Arab Emirates. True to their devotion, Muslims in the heart of Mecca celebrate religious holidays that correspond to the teachings of Allah, and the few that are secular in nature are officially sanctioned by the monarchy to be celebrated nationwide.
Prophet’s Birthday – This day in the Saudi Arabia calendar 2013 celebrates the natal day of the most important Muslim icon, the prophet Muhammad.
Thursday, 24 January 2013
The Start of the Month of Fasting – Fasting manifests in various forms in almost all religions in the world, but Muslims seriously take this religious practice as it is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. To wit: the shahada or Islamic creed; the salah or daily prayers; zakat or almsgiving; sawm or fasting during the month of Ramadan; and hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca once in a Muslim’s lifetime. These are obligatory acts that comprise the form of Islamic worship and their commitment to their faith. Muslims who are physically able to do so (excluding the sick, the infirm, the aged, the children and women menstruating) do not take in food or liquids, or participate in any sexual relations (including use of profanities) from sunrise until sunset.
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Eid al-Fitr/Djoulder Soumae
End of Ramadan – The end of fasting signals a joyous occasion when the devout clean their homes, wear new clothes, and give gifts to children.
Thursday to Wednesday, 8 to 14 August 2013
Saudi Arabia National Day – This day commemorates the unification of the various kingdoms of Saudi Arabia.
Monday, 23 September 2013
The Feast of Sacrifice – This major holiday in the Saudi Arabia calendar 2013 is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is celebrated after the devout has performed hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. The days that follow commemorate the sacrifice made by the prophet Abraham of his son Ishmael, and reminds the faithful to do the same by way of giving alms to the poor and forgiving those who have committed transgressions against them.
Thursday to Sunday, 10 to 20 October 2013
Islamic New Year – The Islamic year starts on the first sighting of the lunar crescent on the month when the Qur’an was said to be first revealed. Fasting is also observed starting on the 10th day of the month, but there is a general celebratory feeling on the other non-fast days.
Tuesday, 5 November
Have a Happy Saudi Arabia Holidays in 2013. .!!