Qatar National Day

Qatar’s National Day is on December 18. It was first celebrated in the year 2007, according to the Qatar Visitor website, but it was never celebrated this way until the year 2009. Al Corniche St. was specifically designated for this celebration, although a day, people celebrated it for days at the Corniche. All roundabouts were closed so cars could only drive one way till the end of the 7 km street and back again to its beginning. Cars were glittered and/or painted in colors like maroon and white because they are the colors of the Qatari flag. Flags were held in the hands of nationals and in some cases, non-nationals. Children climbed on the roof tops of cars and waved the flags at the people who stood watching the parade of cars. Young boys stepped outside of their cars in the middle of the street and danced to the beat of traditional music that could be heard on the other side of the street. Boys covered their face with funny face masks or simply, with just their Gitra and Egal which is a scarf-like material worn on their heads.

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