Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz will patronize the inaugural ceremony of the 32nd National Heritage and Culture Festival organized in Janadriah by the Ministry of National Guard. The annual camel race will be part of the inaugural ceremony, which will include a speech by the King.
The festival reflects the importance accorded to culture by Saudi Arabia. Every country’s popular legacy symbolizes its cultural framework. That is why all countries, including the Kingdom, are keen on safeguarding their age-old traditions. In fact, some researchers define heritage as the vehicle of communication and interaction amongst individuals within a society. French Sociologist Edgar Morin even referred to heritage as “every society’s great cultural computer.”
Addressing a press conference at the Ministry of National Guard in Riyadh Sunday, Prince Khaled bin Ayyaf, Minister of National Guard and Head of Higher Committee for the National Festival for Heritage and Culture, shed light on the most prominent activities and programs of the festival. He announced that King Salman, in his usual fatherly gesture, had ordered extending the duration of the festival to three weeks in response to requests made by citizens. This clearly reflects the strong support extended by the King to the festival.
In a noble gesture towards those who have served society, the Minister announced that King Salman had approved the granting of the King Abdulaziz Medal, First Degree, to late Prince Saud Al-Faisal, late Turki Al-Sudairi, and Dr. Khairiya Al-Saggaf in recognition of their efforts in the service of the country.
The emphasis on the cultural festival, and the King’s gesture towards those who served the nation’s cultural journey, clearly reflect the importance given by the enlightened leader to uphold the Kingdom’s strong traditions.