Top 5 Most Famous Holidays and Festivals in Yemen

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Yemen has a variety of holidays throughout the year, with several of them serving as major tourist attractions. Many of the city's most prominent festivals, like as the month-long Sana'a Summer Festival, take place during the summer. Another popular festival hosted in Mukalla City each August is the Al-Baldah Tourist Festival. All of Yemen's festivals provide opportunities for tourists to learn more about the country's culture and traditional way of life. Let's look at the most famous holidays and festivals in Yemen in this post.

1 Thu Bui

National Unity Day

Yemen celebrates Unification Day on May 22nd as a national holiday. Yemen's National Day commemorates the country's unification in 1990. The modern-day Yemen region has been an important location since antiquity, essentially establishing a long land bridge between North Africa and Asia.


Yemen became part of the Ottoman Empire in 1538. They were expelled in the 17th century but returned in 1849 to the north. The British colony of Aden and the Aden Protectorate were created in 1839, covering roughly two-thirds of the current-day Yemeni territory. On November 30th, 1967, South Yemen declared independence, and in 1970, it became a Marxist communist republic. Following the Ottoman Empire's collapse in 1918, the other half of modern-day Yemen formed the Kingdom of Yemen, which was renamed the Yemen Arab Republic in 1962. On May 22, 1990, Ali Abdallah Saleh, the president of the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen), announced the merger of the two countries.


When: May 22nd

Photo:  Arab Lounge
Photo: Arab Lounge
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Photo: Du Học Trung Quốc 2022
2 Thu Bui

Sana’a Summer Festival

Every year in July, this month-long festival begins with a series of events in the capital city. The event kicks off with a massive carnival at Bab al-Yemen, the Old City's main gate. Many people attend the carnival and perform traditional folkloric dances as well as engage in a fashion show to showcase the country's traditional apparel.


Throughout the month-long festival, many events take place in parks, theaters, historical attractions, and on the streets of Sana'a. The festival's main focus is on the country's handicrafts and industrial items, with women's crafts being particularly interesting.


When: July

Photo: Al Arabiya
Photo: Al Arabiya
Photo:  Al Arabiya
Photo: Al Arabiya
3 Thu Bui

Al-Baldah Tourist Festival

This well-known and popular event takes place every year on August 10 in Mukalla City. The festival is named after a star that may be observed on this date every year. The sea is supposed to turn unusually frigid when the star shines.


The festival's main goal is to promote tourism to Yemen's coast through leisure activities. It also highlights the city's natural beauty as well as therapeutic properties. This is one of the region's most prominent festivals, including a variety of events as well as exhibits of the region's magnificent jewelry and handicrafts.


When: August 10

Photo:  Al-Madaniya Magazine
Photo: Al-Madaniya Magazine
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Photo: Aden Press
4 Thu Bui

Eid al-Adha

In Yemen, Eid al-Adha is a national holiday. It is the holiest day of the year for Muslims, and it is also a time when some Yemenis travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj Pilgrimage if they are financially and physically capable.


According to Koranic tradition, Eid al-Adha celebrates Ibrahim's giving of Ishmael to Allah. Allah, it is told, was pleased with Ibrahim's obedience, but spared Ishmael by supplying a goat to sacrifice in his place.


According to Muslim tradition, the real locations where the events of Eid al-Adha took place are in and around Mecca. On this day, however, most Muslims stay at home and sacrifice a sheep or goat. The meat is used to make a family feast, with a portion of it sent to the impoverished.

Many people also go to mosques or outdoor prayer sessions, pay visits to family and friends, exchange presents, and wish everyone a "Happy Eid!" Gifts and candy are frequently given to children.


When: 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar

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Photo: Global Times
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Photo: Pinterest
5 Thu Bui

Mouloud

The birth of the Prophet Mohammed is commemorated on this day. It occurs every year on the 12th day of the month of Rabi' al-awwal, which falls in the Georgian calendar's winter season.


A big street carnival, as well as a large street procession, takes place in cities and towns around the country. Food is handed to everyone, and houses and mosques are decorated. Children recite classic Arabic poetry and tell stories about Mohammed's life.


Mouloud, unlike other Yemeni festivities, is a national holiday, which means that all banks and businesses are closed.


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Photo: The World Clock - World Time and Date - AstroSage
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Photo: Morocco World News


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