Watch: Students celebrate Kuwait National Day on campus

A group of Kuwaiti students celebrated Kuwait’s National Day on campus on Friday. A tent was set up in the quadrangle welcoming students on campus. Traditional Kuwaiti sweets and tea were offered to those visiting. Traditional Kuwaiti dresses were also on display for those who wanted to try them on. spoke to Sakinah Altendail who has been here for two years, is a Kuwaiti national reading for a degree at the University of Malta.

Altendail explained that Kuwait will be celebrating both its Independence and Liberation day on 25 and 26 February.

Kuwait became independent with the end of the British protectorate and the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah became an Emir. Most countries celebrate their national day on the same date they gained independence which would have meant National Day would be on 19 June, marking the date of independence in 1961. While the first National Date took place on this date the following year, in 1963, it was moved to 25 February marking the date that the Sheikh who was in power at the time of independence came to power in 1950.

Liberation Day marks the day when Kuwait was liberated from Iraqi occupation in 1991.

Speaking about the nation-wide festivities, Ms Altendail explained that back in Kuwait these two days are national holidays. The whole country is decorated with lights and the national flag. She described how the people will be out on the streets celebrating during these two days. Ms Altendail added that events will be organised for these two days.

The Kuwait Times reported that in the 2019 National Day celebrations, Kuwait registered a world record for the longest flag. Over 4,000 students paraded with a 2019-meter-long Kuwaiti flag along a road which was blocked for traffic. The feat was recognized by the Guinness World Records. 

Ms Altendail has described her experience of studying in Malta as a positive one.

Pro-Rector for Academic Affairs Professor Joseph Cacciatolo also addressed the opening of the event.