Eid al Fitr 2010 in Riyadh

The first three days of the Eid al Fitr following the ending of Ramadan were full of different celebrations around Riyadh. This wasn’t always the case though, a few years ago there wasn’t much happening in KSA during these holidays. Most Saudis used to flock abroad this time of the year so now they have tried to keep people in the country by arranging these events and it’s getting better every year.
I went to the National museum garden where there was traditional singing, dancing and poetry recital shows. The audience there was segregated, men were in the front rows with best views.. Anyways the atmosphere was relaxed and the garden and fountain areas were packed with families having picnics enjoying the light and fountain shows.
The definite highlight was the event at the al Kindy square in the Diplomatic Quarters. The area was beautifully decorated and the event well organized.
The show consisted of traditional singing and dancing from various regions around Saudi. The dancers were great and the audience was really into the show, especially the female audience seemed to particularly like some of the dancers (all male)!! This time they hadn’t segregated all of the audience. Surprisingly only the single males were having the worst seats in their own pen away from the main audience.
Later on the local press wanted to interview us for live tv and we agreed (I was so nervous I can’t remember what I answered to the questions) Then when the event was over we were photographed for some local magazines together with the dancers and even got to hold the swords. They are very heavy btw.
Here are some random pics I took:
fireworks at the football stadium
Najdi singing/dancing group in DQ
the flower festival area
the fountain and light show at national museum
view from water tower looking down to the garden of national museum
a jasmine-haired girl from the Gizan dancers carries the bakhoor
the Gizan dance group reminded me very much of african tribal dances
this dancer from the Riyadh group had some seriously groovy moves, whenever he was on stage the ladies would start screaming!
boys all dressed up in daglah
girls in eid dresses
sword dancing which is called aardh, just the size and style of the swords vary from region to another.
bedouin man playing a rababah while singing poetry

A friend of mine posing with one of the dancers
Can’t wait until next year!

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  • UMM LATIFA w Królestwie SaudówSeptember 20, 2010 - 1:17 pm

    Hello! How did you know he is a mutawwa? for me he looks like a regular guy, that came to see the show (last pictures). Mutawwas usually are with two policemen, and they wear distinctive clothes (black abaya on white thobe). Guys in the pictures look like regular Saudis for me ;).ReplyCancel

  • LaylahSeptember 21, 2010 - 8:38 am

    He was patrolling the area with the policemen, actually three police this time. I took the picture when the event was over while they were watching the people leaving.they dont always have the black “harry potter cape” on top of the thobes!
    also the case in national museum, he didnt have the cape on and had three police with him.ReplyCancel

  • apertureAugust 27, 2011 - 2:30 pm

    Great blog! When an where will be the fireworks display at the end of Ramadan?ReplyCancel

  • LaylahAugust 28, 2011 - 6:14 am

    Thanks aperture!
    I updated the events tab so you can see when and where the fireworks will be held :)ReplyCancel

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