What is the Founding Day?
Saudi Foundation Day is the anniversary of the founding of the first Saudi state. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud approved a decision stating that February 22 of every year is a day that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrates on the occasion of the anniversary of the founding of the first Saudi state, when it was founded by Imam Muhammad bin Saud, who obtained the rule of Diriyah in 727, corresponding to the middle of 1139 CE. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques made this day a holiday for the Saudis to celebrate this event and be proud of their ancient past.
Why do we celebrate Saudi Foundation Day?
The founding day commemorates the three centuries of the existence of the Saudi State, highlighting its historical and civilizational depth, celebrating its diverse cultural heritage, and expressing devotion to the imams, kings, and citizens who serve the nation.
Why February 22nd?
Imam Muhammad bin Saud assumed power in Diriyah in the second half of the year 1139 AH. Therefore, Jumada II 30, 1139 AH (February 22, 1727 CE) had been selected as the date for the founding of the first Saudi State.
What is the difference between the Founding Day and the National Day?
The Founding Day, February 22, 1727 CE, is the day for the founding of the first Saudi State (the founder, Imam Muhammad bin Saud). However, the National Day, September 23, 1932 CE, is the day for the declaration of Saudi Arabia’s unification at the hands of the unified King Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al-Faisal Al Saud, may Allah rest his soul.