Google Doodle celebrates Saudi Arabia National Day (اليوم الوطني للمملكة العربية السعودية) to honor the renaming of the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by royal decree of King Abdul Aziz Al Saud in 1932, on September 23, 2021.
Saudi Arabian National day (اليوم الوطني للمملكة العربية السعودية) is celebrated on September 23rd every year. Known locally as Al-Yaom-ul-Watany, it marks September 23rd, 1932, when King Abdulaziz declared the unification of the country as a kingdom.
If the National Day falls on Saturday, Sunday will be a public occasion as compensation. On the off chance that it falls on a Friday, Thursday before will be an occasion. On the off chance that these progressions agree with different holidays, an extra day of compensation won’t be given.
Saudi Arabia National Day History
Since pre-Islamic times, the Arabian peninsula had been involved by nomadic tribes.
The Islamic prophet, Muhammad joined these tribes to make a single Islamic religious state. Soon after he died in 632, the area under Muslim standard quickly extended across the middle east, from Spain in the west to parts of the Indian subcontinent in the east.
In the sixteenth century, the region first came under the control of the Ottoman Empire and albeit different sultanates would be formed from time to time, it wasn’t until the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire toward the finish of World war I that modern Saudi Arabia arose.
Ibn Saud (the son of Abdul Rahman bin Faisal who had been the last ruler of the ‘Second Saudi State’), became the Sultan of Najd, the central region of Arabia in 1921.
In the wake of overcoming the Hejaz (western Arabia) in 1925, Ibn Saud was pronounced King of the Hejaz on January 10th, 1926. In 1927, he changed his title to King of Nejd.
Despite being King of the two regions, he administered the two parts of his kingdom separately for the next five years. It wasn’t until 1932, after a two-year campaign to suppress and defeat former allies, that the kingdoms of the Hejaz and Nejd were renamed and bound together as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The year 1744 might be viewed as the birth of Saudi Arabia. Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, a minister and a scholar, and Muhammad bin Saud, emir of the city of Ad-Diriyyah, established the House of Saud, the present-day administering tradition in Saudi Arabia.
The first Saudi state existed till 1817 when it was defeated by the Ottoman sultan. The second Saudi state was established in 1824, however, in 1891 it was defeated by the enemies of the House of Saud.
Unification of Saudi Arabia was begun by Ibn Saud in 1902 when he took over Riyadh. By 1912 he took over the whole region of Nejd and captured Rashidi with the help of the British soldiers. In 1925 he vanquished Heijaz, which is the location of the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
The vanquished region was named the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz and it existed from 1927 till 1932 when it solidified with Al-Hasa and Qatif into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The anniversary of the unification of the third Saudi state is a national holiday in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia National Day (اليوم الوطني للمملكة العربية السعودية) just became a public holiday in 2007. In 2005, Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz declared that from the 75th National Day, the event will become an annual national holiday.
The Kingdom marks National Day with folk dances, songs, and traditional festivals. The streets and buildings are decorated with Saudi flags.
Google Doodle on Saudi Arabia National Day 2021
On September 23, 2021, Google featured Doodle on its homepage for celebrating Saudi Arabia National Day 2021.
Google Doodle on Sep 23 celebrates Saudi Arabia’s National Day, referred to in local Arabic as Al-Yaom-ul-Watany (اليوم الوطني للمملكة العربية السعودية), which celebrates the unification of the Saudi Kingdom on this day in 1932.
Every year, September 23 is an opportunity for Saudi residents to praise their cultural heritage and look toward what’s to come. During national day celebrations, roads all through the nation are saturated with green and white—the colors of the Saudi flag portrayed in the Google Doodle artwork. Residents can be seen decorated in these symbolic colors and showing the national flag on cars and private homes.
In 2014, Jeddah city authorities observed National Day with a revealing of a 561-foot flagpole which keeps on flying the Saudi flag as the tallest flagpole in the world!