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Al-Baha Commemorates Foundation Day

Foundation Day is a special occasion that commemorates the history and culture of Al-Baha region in Saudi Arabia. The people of Al-Baha region celebrate it on the 14th of Sha’ban every year, which corresponds to the 24th of February in 2024. On this day, the people of Al-Baha region showcase their heritage and pride in their homeland.

The Origin of Foundation Day

Foundation Day marks the date when King Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia, visited the Al-Baha region in 1353 AH (1934 AD) and met with the local leaders and tribes. The hospitality and loyalty of the people of Al-Baha impressed him, and he granted them many privileges and rights. He also established a new administrative system that unified the region under one governorate. Since then, Al-Baha region has been an integral part of the Saudi Kingdom.

Foundation Day is a unique and meaningful occasion that reflects the identity and spirit of Al-Baha

The Activities of Foundation Day

One of the major attractions of Foundation Day is the shop selling old heritage items from clothes and jewelry in the Foundation Village in Al-Baha city. This shop witnesses a significant activity as men and women of different ages flock to acquire the heritage pieces that embody the beauty.

History and legacy of Al-Baha region

These items include the traditional costumes, such as the shawls, ‘jubbahs’, embroidered women’s clothes, and the colored bandages. They also include the old jewelry, such as the necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings.

The people of Al-Baha region are keen to wear these old clothes and jewelry on Foundation Day, as they tell stories and tales of the fathers and grandfathers. They also participate in the celebrations of the region, which include cultural, artistic, and recreational events.

Some of these events are the folk dances, the poetry recitals, the camel races, and the handicraft exhibitions.

These events highlight the diversity and richness of the Al-Baha region, which is known for its mountains, forests, and valleys.

The people of Al-Baha region are keen to wear these old clothes and jewelry on Foundation Day

The Significance of Foundation Day

Foundation Day is more than just a celebration of the past. It is a celebration of the present and the future. Therefore, it is a confirmation of belonging and pride in the homeland. However, it is not only a reminder of the values and principles that the people of Al-Baha region inherited from their ancestors. It is also a motivation to preserve and develop the heritage and culture of Al-Baha region, and to contribute to the progress and prosperity of Saudi Arabia.

Foundation Day is a unique and meaningful occasion that reflects the identity and spirit of Al-Baha region. It is an opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the heritage and culture of this region, which is one of the most beautiful and distinctive regions in Saudi Arabia.

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