Bahraini National Day around the world in 2021

Bahraini National Day around the world in 2021
Bahrain sign under Palm Trees in Manama. Image by philipus , via Deposit Photos

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Bahraini National Day
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2023 BahrainDec 16, Dec 17
Bahrain Sun, Dec 17National Holiday
Bahrain Sat, Dec 16National Holiday
2022 BahrainDec 16, Dec 17, Dec 18, Dec 19
Bahrain Mon, Dec 19National Holiday (additional day)
Bahrain Sun, Dec 18National Holiday (additional day)
Bahrain Sat, Dec 17National Holiday (additional day)
Bahrain Fri, Dec 16National Holiday
2021 BahrainDec 16, Dec 17
Bahrain Fri, Dec 17National Holiday
Bahrain Thu, Dec 16National Holiday
2020 BahrainDec 16, Dec 17
Bahrain Thu, Dec 17National Holiday
Bahrain Wed, Dec 16National Holiday
2019 BahrainDec 16, Dec 17
Bahrain Tue, Dec 17National Holiday
Bahrain Mon, Dec 16National Holiday

Accession Day of Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, the first Emir of Bahrain

When is Bahraini National Day?

This public holiday is always celebrated on 16 December. The holidays last for two day with 17 December also a public holiday.

The holidays mark former ruler, Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa coming to the throne in 1961. 16 December is Bahrain's National Day.

History of Bahraini National Day

Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands. From the 1860's, Bahrain had been a British protectorate.

Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa was made the first emir of Bahrain from 1961 until his death. Born in Jasra, he became emir upon the death of his father, Salman ibn Hamad.

During his 38 year reign, Bahrain gained its independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1971 and Bahrain underwent an economic transformation into a modern nation and a key financial center in the Persian Gulf area.

At the age of 65, Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa died of a heart attack on 6 March 1999 at the al Sakhir Palace in Manama shortly after his meeting with the United States defense secretary William Cohen. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

How is Bahraini National Day celebrated?

Celebrations include fireworks displays, cultural shows, contests, exhibitions and the announcement of new projects by the government.

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