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Bahrain begins National Day celebrations

Manama, December 16, 2011

The 40th National Day celebrations kicked off in Bahrain on Thursday with a wide range of activities held across the Kingdom.

The celebrations included fireworks display, a laser show, performances by folk bands and family festivities across the kingdom.

Landmarks and government buildings were illuminated with red and white lights depicting the national flag.

Public and private school buildings also hoisted the national flag at all its entrances, with pictures of the leadership.

More activities are lined up for today, including an air display in Muharraq and a unity festival at Adhari Park.

His Majesty King Hamad will address the nation today on the occasion.

Hundreds of families attended last night the National Carnival 'Eid Biladi' (my country's festivities) held at the Hananiya Park, Riffa.

The event, organised by the Southern Governorate, featured firework displays, folk bands and family festivities.

Residents in Muharraq enjoyed a laser show and fireworks last night as part of the National Day celebrations organised by the Municipal and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry.

Families also visited the new Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Public Park. It will officially open in the coming days.

Hidd, Arad, Muharraq and Juffair residents were able to witness the fireworks that lit up the sky from their homes.

They were also able to witness them from specially designated areas provided by the Interior Ministry.

Landmarks and government buildings were illuminated with red and white lights depicting the national flag.

Public and private school buildings also hoisted the national flag at all its entrances, with pictures of the leadership.

More than 200 students from KG Kids Pre-School in West Riffa celebrated the National Day. An exhibition showcasing Bahrain's traditions and culture was also held for students and parents.

More than 100 students from Palms Primary School gathered yesterday and performed patriotic songs during the morning assembly.

The countrymen celebrated the National Day despite several protesters causing traffic chaos by attempting to block a major highway naer Budaiya.

Sources told the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication, that police who tried to move the protesters trying to occupy Budaiya Highway were attacked with stones and other objects, prompting officers to respond with tear gas.

Local residents said the protesters had blocked several side streets leading off the highway, prompting police to close the busy road altogether to prevent an accident - resulting in major tailbacks stretching all the way back to Manama on the adjoining Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Highway.

Vehicles travelling in the opposite direction were said to be queuing all the way from Hamad town.-TradeArabia News Service




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