Saudis prepare for festive Eid al-Fitr holiday

Municipalities across the kingdom have lined up a series of activites for the celebration marking the end of Ramadan

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Saudis all over the kingdom are gearing up for this year’s Eid al-Fitr holiday, a festive time of year marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Stage performances, comedy skits, puppet shows and games are among the activities being planned for children by municipal authorities in the capital Riyadh, the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The children’s theater at King Abdulaziz Manakh Park located on the southern ring road will hold several contests throughout the Eid holidays. In the games arena, children will be able to ride bicycles and electric cars. There will be a number of educational activities as well, the Saudi Gazette reported.

The sites allocated by Riyadh Municipality include King Abdulaziz Historical Center, which will present a drama, contests and prizes for children.

The Prince Salman Social Center will present a number of cartoon characters and various programs for children including traditional games and shows as well as cultural and recreational competitions. The King Abdullah Recreation Park in al-Malaz will present an operetta by a group of children.

The Eid program in the al-Hayer district will play several sing-along patriotic and children’s songs. Prizes will also be given to children and they will be encouraged to take part in activities to help discover their talents.

In Tabuk, the capital of the kingdom’s northwestern province, beaches will host picnickers all along the coastline, with a fully equipped rescue team on hand to ensure safety in swimming areas.

Brig. Sadeq al-Sheikh of the sea said a rescue team is fully equipped and ready to attend to any incidents round the clock in all areas where swimming is allowed.

“Brochures are available and will be distributed to the public to pinpoint these dangerous areas. Children should not be left unsupervised and marine equipment such as boats that do not meet safety measures should not be used,” said the head of the Tabuk border guards, Brig. Sadeq al-Sheikh, according to the Saudi Gazette.

In Taif, a city in the province of the Islamic holy city of Makkah, the municipality has designated seven locations for Eid festivities. Four new locations have been set aside in al-Hada, al-Shafa, al-Sail al-Kabeer, and Sulaimaniyah Square in the city center, while residents of Asheerah in northeast Taif will witness Eid activities for the first time.

Taif’s mayor, Mohammad al-Mukhrej said that the celebrations would cater to all sectors of the community.

“These celebrations will cater to families, children and youths, and will include folk arts, contests, prize draws, puppet shows and laser shows in the open theater,” he said while adding that the celebrations will last for three days.

In Najran, a city in the kingdom’s southwest, celebrations – which include poem recitals, heritage shows and fireworks - will begin on the first day of Eid in the city’s King Fahd Park.

City officials also plan to deliver flower bouquets will be given to patients and special needs persons.

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