The flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is rectangular and its width is two-thirds of its length. It has a green background inscribed in the middle with the Islamic testimony (Shahada) “La Elah Ella Allah; Mohammed Rasul Allah” (There is no God but Allah; Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah) is written in an Arabic calligraphic form called “tholuth”. Beneath it is an Arab sword, the handle of which is turned to the direction of the flag’s mast. The Flag of Saudi Arabia must not be hung at half-mast or touch ground or water in respect of the Shahada written on it. The national emblem of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia consists of a palm tree on top of two crossed Arab swords. Swords symbolize strength, stamina, and sacrifice while the palm tree symbolizes vitality, growth, and prosperity.
The Hijri calendar starts on the day that the Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon Him) migrated from Makkah to Madinah and it is the official calendar in Saudi Arabia. The Hijri year has 354 days divided into 12 lunar months. Official Holidays: The official holidays in the Kingdom are: Weekend holidays: Friday and Saturday. Eid Al Fatr : From 25th of Ramadan to 5th of Shawal for a duration of 10 days extending up to two weeks (if it starts before weekend holiday). Eid Al Adha: From 5th to 15th of Thul Hujja. All government institutions and departments are closed during these holidays. National Day: It sets on the 1st day of Libra, on September 23rd of each year A.D.