Christmas is a holiday that is celebrated around the world by Christians 🇸🇦 ️ 🌍 . But what about in Saudi Arabia where it is not? Does Saudi Arabia celebrate Christmas?
No, Saudi Arabia does not observe Christmas! As an Islamic state they do not recognize Christmas as a national holiday.
Saudi Arabia is a predominantly Muslim country, and as such, Christmas, being a Christian holiday, is not officially celebrated 🇸🇦 ️. However, with the ever-increasing lot of foreign workers, foreign embassies, and foreign companies setting up operations in the country, there is a growing presence of Christmas, and other western holidays in the country ️ 🆙.
The official stance of the government is that Christmas is not a holiday in Saudi Arabia. The government does not recognize it as such and does not celebrate it in any official capacity . This is in line with their stance on most other religious holidays, as the government does not recognize any non-Islamic holidays, just like the Jewish festivals of Passover, and Yom Kippur, or the Hindu Diwali 🔛.
However many expats living in the country do celebrate Christmas and other western holidays – albeit with much less fanfare than back home. Christmas decorations and parties have become more common as more people move here, while there are also Christmas trees and lights adorning malls and public areas in some parts of the country.
While Christmas is not officially recognized, there are other ways to celebrate the season in Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦. Many foreign embassies celebrate the holiday, often with a traditional Christmas dinner or party. Some companies also hold Christmas parties and festivities and some schools have even started teaching the Christmas story and carols in the classrooms.
You can also celebrate Christmas in a more personal manner just like exchanging gifts decorating your home, or simply spending time with loved ones. Many people travel to visit family and friends abroad in countries that celebrate Christmas.
In conclusion, while Saudi Arabia does not officially recognize Christmas, it is becoming a more integrated part of the culture due to the influx of foreign workers and companies 🇸🇦 ️. It is up to the individual’s discretion as to how they choose to celebrate the holiday, either in a more public way or in more personal ways ️ 🆙. . .
Saudi Arabia is a predominantly Muslim country, and as such, Christmas, being a Christian holiday, is not officially celebrated. However, with the ever-increasing number of foreign workers, foreign embassies, and foreign companies setting up operations in the country, there is a growing presence of Christmas and other western holidays in the country.
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