By ABDULLAH AL ALAMI, ALAMIA@YAHOO.COM
Published: Feb 12, 2012 23:00 Updated: Feb 12, 2012 23:00
I borrowed the title from a well presented YouTube on Janadriyah, the Saudi annual festival 42 km northeast of Riyadh. We are proud of Janadriyah. Why? Because it is the main venue for Saudi Arabias national festival of heritage and culture and the most traditional and colorful of all the festivals that are held in Saudi Arabia.
No, Janadriyah Festival is not just a story of the past, but rather a rich cultural presentation of the past and present Saudi Arabia introduced on a wonderful cultural platform. Actually, it represents cultures that gathered and formed in this region over a period of many years.
As someone said, Janadriyah highlights the culture and heritage of our country which, for the new generation, is a window to the vibrant past. I believe it is also a stepping stone into the future if we knew how to pursue it.
Where did the story start? Long ago, Janadriyah was known as Rowdhat Souwais. It started as a simple camel race which shows the real talent of Arabian heritage. The tact with which the young men handle the camels is fascinating and shows how well they have both been trained.
Going back in history, the festival, for the first time, was inaugurated by the late King Fahd in 1985. We came a long way, as we pursue the implementation of the interfaith initiative and extend a hand to the rest of the World, Janadriyah today represents a crossroads where beautiful poetry, intellect, culture, art, theater, as well as heritage and history meet.
Janadriyah is no longer just a camel race, lots of other attractions are brought about every year celebrating many aspects of the Saudi culture. In addition, it includes events that draw peoples interest and attention because of the valuable topics that they address. It invites huge flow of population, both local and foreign, to the festival village.