Here's How Omanis Celebrate Their National Day

National Day Celebrations © Prasad Pillai
National Day Celebrations © Prasad Pillai | Flickr
Gehad Medhat

Traditional folklore performance, Omani heritage music, festivals, songs and costumes. On 18th November Omanis come together to celebrate their National Day – something they prepare for all year long.

What is Oman’s National Day?

The 18th of November is the birthday of Qaboos bin Said al Said, the Sultan of Oman. In recognition of the great achievements of Oman and its citizens since the Sultan took office in 1970, Omanis are given time off work in order to celebrate.

Qaboos bin Said al Said

How do Omanis celebrate?

Building decorations, National Day celebrations

Shops, malls, houses and cars are specially decorated with photos of the Sultan and accessories with the colours of the Omani flag. Shop owners often sell goods that are related to the National Day, and decorate their owns stores with them too. Schools in every governorate collaborate to prepare a special dance and a festive event that will take place in a big venue in their region.

The largest celebration, however, is the one that the Sultan himself attends. The ceremony traditionally begins with a military parade, followed by a performance of several pieces of heritage music.

Street decorations, National Day celebrations

What is planned for the 2017 National Day?

This year marks the 77th birthday of Qaboos bin Said al Said, and the country will celebrate its 47th National Day. The military ceremony will take place at the parade ground of the Police Task Force headquarters in the Wilayat of Seeb in Muscat.

Firework displays will take place in some of Muscat’s provinces: Seeb, Al Amerat and Salalah Province. Traditional folklore performances and festivals will be held in different cities until the end of the month.

Oman National Day
landscape with balloons floating in the air


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