Holidays & Observances in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is a Middle Eastern country occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the birthplace of Islam and the home of Medina and Mecca, the two most important Islamic sites. Religion dominates every part of Saudi Arabian life. Though there are foreigners of other religions living in Saudi Arabia, they are not permitted to practice their religion at all. Laws are written based on Islamic law and dictate everything from clothing to diet. For instance both pork and alcohol are completely banned throughout the country. Non-Muslim holidays are not allowed, with the exception of Saudi National Day, which celebrates the unification of the kingdom.