National Day in Kuwait

National Day is a holiday in Kuwait that is observed every year on February 25th. It commemorates the day when Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah ascended to the throne in 1950. Since this holiday falls on the day before Liberation Day in Kuwait, the two holidays are usually celebrated as one long two-day holiday.

On this holiday, huge public gatherings are organized by various organizations and the government, and there is plenty of food, drink, and entertainment. There are also fireworks displays, and many people dress in the traditional costumes of the country or wear the country’s national colors.

The History Of National Day In Kuwait

Kuwait was originally a fishing village during the 17th century, but by the mid-18th century, it had become an important trading post in the region. The Al-Sabah family became the rulers of the country in 1756. To avoid direct rule from the Ottoman Empire, Sheikh Mubarak entered into an agreement with Great Britain to become a protectorate. Britain would provide the country with naval protection, and Kuwait would allow the British to control their foreign affairs.

The British Protectorate ended on June 19, 1961, and Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah became Kuwait’s Emir. The holiday was not observed until 1962, and the decision to move it to February 25th instead of June 19th was made because it is simply too hot in June for large gatherings of people in Kuwait. So National Day was moved to the date when the Sheikh came to power in 1950.

Observing National Day In Kuwait

As mentioned earlier, National Day is celebrated in conjunction with Liberation Day. During this two-day event, people gather at large public gatherings featuring food, drinks, and entertainment.

There are also parades and fireworks displays for people to enjoy. Large gatherings take place at public venues such as Al-Sha’ab Leisure Park and Messila Beach. It should also be mentioned that the Kuwaiti flag is raised on this holiday, and people wear traditional clothing or national colors.

Where is it celebrated?
Kuwait (Official holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
February 25 Sunday
Next year (2025)
February 25 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
February 25 Saturday