Saudi Arabia has introduced a new public holiday known as Founding Day last year.

This was announced by the royal decree of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia on January 22 and is regarded as Founding Day which would be an annual celebration.

Set to be celebrated on February 22 each year, Founding Day is marking three centuries since the first state, the Emirate of Diriyah in the Kingdom was established by Imam Mohammed bin Saud in 1727.

Not to be confused with Saudi National Day, Founding Day is set to encourage the people of the Kingdom to celebrate their heritage and customs which date back centuries.

Meanwhile, Saudi National Day, which is celebrated annually on September 23 marks when the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz united to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by royal decree of King Abdul Aziz Al Saud in 1932.

For Founding Day, huge cultural celebrations will take place nationwide in Saudi Arabia, with different exhibitions, shows and there’s also set to be fireworks displays.

Founding Day will mark a day off for all of those who live and work in the Kingdom.

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