National Day

Bahrain National Day is celebrated every year on 16th December even though they officially declared independence from the UK on the 15th December 1971. Apparently, celebrating a day later means that it coincides with the coronation of the former ruler Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa to the throne.

The 16th is a National Holiday (which extended our xmas holidays  – thanks!) and is celebrated in Bahrain with flags everywhere! Events are held throughout the island but as we were getting ready for our trip to Zanzibar, we were limited to a traditional music and dance display at the local shopping mall. This seemed to be where most people were anyway so I don’t think we missed out on much!

I wonder if we’ll be in Bahrain for the celebrations this year?!

Bahraini musicians
Traditional Dance



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