Oman National Day
On the 18th of November, Oman celebrates The Oman National Day which is one of the most important festivals in Oman. In this public holiday, they celebrate their independence from Portugal control in 1650. This makes Oman the oldest independent state in the Arab world.
On this “Oman National Day”, they decorate the streets with flags, events include parades, fireworks, camel races, an equestrian show, a marine festival and more.
Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha
Muslims celebrates “Eid al-Fitr” in Oman as well as the Islamic world. Eid al-Fitr is one of the most important religious feasts celebrated by Muslims, which marks the end of Ramadan; the Islamic holy month of fasting. It lasts for three days.
Besides, “Eid al-Adha” also called the "Sacrifice Feast", is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated in Oman each year. It lasts for four days.
On the first day of “Eid al-Fitr” and “Eid al-Adha”, Omani people gather in mosques to perform the Eid prayer. Then, they start the celebrations and outing together.
“Muscat Festival” held on 19 January, 2017 until 11 February 2017. It is expected to be on Tue 23 Jan to Thu 22 Feb for 2018 but till now it is unconfirmed date. This Festival is more than just a celebratory, cultural and artistic event, or merely an entertaining forum in which civilizations come together, involving multilingual activities, diversity of performances and events.
The festival is launched with an amazing firework display, laser show, and other shows that reflect Omani traditions. There is also Muscat Fashion Week and the Oman Food Festival that should not to be missed.
Salalah Tourism Festival
Salalah Tourism festival is an annual tourism festival that is held in Salalah usually during autumn, in order to celebrate the monsoon that lasts from June to early September. It becomes popular among Gulf nationals, expatriates and foreign tourists.
The festival offers cultural, art, sport, heritage, contest and shopping activities, there are a variety of local and international programs to please every taste and guarantee a pleasurable and useful time. Therefore, it has grown into an international festival, due to the exerting efforts of the authorities to expand the existing tourism infrastructure in Salalah.
Sultan Camel Race Cup
“Sultan Camel Race Cup” is an annual National Camel Races Festival to encourage one of the traditional and ancient Omani sports and impress upon Oman’s glorious history. This is a popular sport festival where camels compete at speeds of up to 64 kilometers per hour on tracks specially built for this kind of race.
Camels have played a vital role in the region over thousands of years. Camels have impacted all aspects of daily desert life. Besides being a means of travel, food and shelter. Camels are also used for entertaining, celebrating and competing in festivals and special events.
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