Happy 35th National Day Bahrain!

16 Dec, '06

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  1. Ameer Or Prince says:

    Happy National Day to all those who love this island. May God florish this land with all that is beauty. 🙂

  2. Yonis says:

    wishes all Bahrainis a very happy national day

  3. amal says:

    funny how it didn’t feel at all like a “national day” on the streets.. i bet the most festive area is BTV..
    ..awaiting the fireworks.. any idea where/when they’ll take place?

  4. Adel says:

    With all this rain I doubt there will be fireworks today. I prefer rain to fireworks anytime, there’s supposed to be a carnival and fireworks near the National Stadium today.

  5. zainab says:

    well,all night i was dreaming about what gonna change if the KING drop the loans all my father didn’tbanefit from this makromah!
    my hopes are crushed to study what iwant.
    i geuss iam gonna go to uob! 🙁

  6. jasra jedi says:

    zainab,

    have you ever thought about applying for financial aid, or getting a scolarship, or working and saving money and putting your way through school?

  7. Ibn says:

    zainab,

    have you ever thought about applying for financial aid, or getting a scolarship, or working and saving money and putting your way through school?

    Tell me about it – aint easy Zainab, but seek, and you shall find!

    And so what if you go to UOB? Just keep in mind: Its not so much where you go, but more of what YOU put into it. The name of a school isnt teaching you. You camping out at the library short of declaring sovreignty over it, is however.

    -Ibn

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is not our National Day…
    Historically, it should be in August.

    The one in December is the eid el jolooos!

    And there is a big different.. We should ask ourselves why we celebrate their eid eljolooos in December, and not our real national day which is in August?? 🙁

  9. SOHAIL says:

    I AM READY IN RIFFA TO PARTY WITH DA FRIENDS SAKHIR ALSO COME ON WE HAVE A BIG PARTY .
    HAPPY EID AL WATTANI AND MAY ALLAH BRING HAPPINESS TO THE NATION TO THOSE RICH AND POOR THOSE HAPPY THOSE UNHAPPY THOSE LAUGHING THOSE CRYING MAY ALLAH HELP US ALL 😀 😀 😀 AMEEN ALLAH BE WITH US INSHALLAH

  10. mahmood says:

    Anon, the date is symbolic and immaterial. Is the Queen’s birthday actually the day she was born? No of course not. So don’t read too much into it, what you should concentrate on however is that for better or worse a date has been chosen and it is that date that the country should come together to celebrate and rejoice. Symbolic, that’s all it is. There is nothing stopping you celebrating Aug 14th as national day too!

  11. Hamad says:

    fireworks officially postponed 🙂

  12. Anonymous says:

    the floats parade and the fireworks were all canceled for today. info from the MOI hotline. 17689099

  13. KHAL says:

    Mahmood, I am not against the 16th Dec celebration, but they should not call it the ‘National Day’. The ‘National Day’ is the date on which a state or territory achieved independence, and for Bahrain it is the 14th Aug.

    Could you say why it is not an official holiday on the 14th Aug?

    ببساطة بالنسبة لي أعتقد أن العائلة الحاكمة تريد أن تبخس حق التضحيات الوطنية وقوافل الشهداء التي سقطت أثناء تحرير البلاد من الإستعمار البريطاني

    أن مجرد الإحتفال بالعيد الوطني في تاريخه الحقيقي هو إعتراف بتلك التضحيات وهذا ما لا تريده الحكومة الخليفية

    العائلة الحاكمة تحاول تفيير حتى الحقائق والمسميات لطمس التاريخ.. فلماذا تطلق على يوم الجلوس (العيد الوطني)؟؟ وهل فعلاً كل الشعب متفق على هذا التاريخ للإحتفال فيه أصلاً؟؟

    أنها محاولة لـ”خلفنة” حتى الإنجازات الوطنية ونسبها إلى العائلة الحاكمة دون غيرهم من أفراد الشعب

    أما أنا فسأظل أحتفل بالعيد الوطني في يومه الحقيقي حتى لو كان من دون هذه البهرجة الإعلامية والكرنفالات أوالألعاب النارية

  14. can we talk says:

    Zainab,
    “”i geuss iam gonna go to uob! “”

    trust me, academically, you’ll be better off in UoB than in most if not all of the other universities on this island. Just because the fees are lower, doesn’t mean it’s not as good.
    and as Ibn said, you make of it what you want to.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Here’s wishing you all a happy National Day!

    From a Bahraini girl who was born in exile and first saw this great Island in 2001.

    That summer in 2001, when I saw Bahrain and my grandparents and family for the first time, was the happiest moment in my life. I was charmed by how warm and nice people in Bahrain were… especially their easy going and cheerful attitude -something that is very unique and which I havent seen anywhere else.

    I had read many internet forums (shia and sunni) before I came, and I had the impression that I was going to see a deeply divided society. However when I came to Bahrain, I spent most of my time in Muharraq, I saw how tolerant and friendly people were.

    I remember, how the “freej” in which my father grew up in was decorated with flags and lights in celebration of our return. The next-door Sunni neighbours had made a “walima” for us and invited the whole neighbourhood. Walking in the narrow streets in Muharraq, I noticed little girls playing hopscotch and some playing with ropes while boys were playing football with a deflated plastic ball. None of them paid attention to the racism/sectarianism, hatred and stereotyping of the “adult world”.

    May we all live in a free and proud Bahrain, where every citizen feels he/she truly belongs to the country. A Bahrain that has no place for marginalization of any group, where the citizens are free to voice their objection to the authorities without facing torture, exile and dentention …and with a leadership that does not need to implement “demographic engineering” (a.k.a political naturalization of “new Bahrainis”) inorder to secure its hold.

  16. mahmood says:

    This is a truly beautiful description, one which I grew up with all my life hearing from my own father – rest his soul – and which he translated into each and every painting and sketch he maid. Muharraq. I wish the whole of Bahrain was like it. And there is quite a chance for it to be so, if only people are left alone without the sectarian hatred mongers.

    It is no wonder that Muharraq was one of the main politically active non-sectarian areas in Bahrain, sort of the mother of non-sectarian political movements.

  17. مرحباً محمود
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    شكري وتحياتي لك
    باسمة القصاب

  18. Bahrain is currently showing on the front page of wikipedia. Look in the right column, down a bit:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

  19. Hussain says:

    With regard to Zainab’s comment, it’s funny how over the past year so many ppl have been living alongside the dream of “loans being dropped”. Personally, I heard several variations of this rumour, including cancellation of interest of loans, cancellation of pre-2005 loans less than BD10,000 and so forth. Everytime I would discuss this at work or elsewhere, my friends and colleagues would keep insisting how “real” this rumour was being “esha3a qaweeya” and so forth. I know ppl who were glued to TV this morning waiting for the big news, ppl who have planned their future on this basis…only to be disappointed. It’s funny how a rumour with such magnitude (and potential impact on ppl’s lives) could be conjoured up overnight and spread among ppl, making them live false dreams…How sad

  20. mahmood says:

    How desperate is a person who believes in a rumour?!

    Sad really.

  21. khalid says:

    happy national day every1!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Happy 35th National day

    sameer
    http://www.pakistan.uk.tt

  23. billT says:

    “It has been suggested that the legendary verdant island may have been the inspiration for the Garden of Eden” :-#

    Happy 35th

  24. Anonymous says:

    i am 23 years old with 24000 dinars loan and unemployed now how can i have a good life in this country

  25. mahmood says:

    Get a job, pay off the loan and don’t take another one for a while. Not easy but doable. I’m sure you used the loan to good effect?

  26. Anonymous says:

    yes i did i got my pilot license with it but no job in my field

  27. mahmood says:

    That’s your mistake then. You should have been advised NEVER to go for a pilot’s license without a secure job in an airline beforehand. I did the exact same mistake and I was already employed as a senior engineer in an airline and even with that I was refused the job after I completed my PPL, CPL, Multiengines and Instruments ratings in record time!

    You should have talked to me before spending all that time and money! Good luck now getting a job, and that’s too high a figure for just a PPL.

    What you have to do now is either get a major “wasta” to get in an airline, or join a freight company and work your way up the hard way.

    Or forget about it and carry on in another field altogether and chalk those BD24k as “experience” expenditure.

    Good luck.

  28. Anonymous says:

    i know but still what i heared there is alot of shortage for pilots. How long do you have your license for and from where did you get your license

  29. mahmood says:

    “You heard” doesn’t put food on the table. You were ill advised. The path forward to you now is either try hard at getting a pilot’s job (if you don’t already have a CPT, multiengine, instruments ratings, my advise is to drop it immediately and don’t waste any more money) or leaving all that as a good point for an interviewer to stop at in your CV (believe me, people still think that being a pilot is glamorous!) and you can use that to full effect and it will give you a competitive edge in most situation (accept for the FBI who might take a “special interest” in you) or get on with whatever you’re studying and finish that with honours, get a job and pay off that loan in 5 years or so.

    Mine I got in ’89/90. Zero to CPL/multiengine/instruments ratings in 10 weeks and my name is still on the honours list in Fort Worth’s Meecham Field in Texas!

  30. Maricar says:

    Happy 35th National Day To all…

    Hi there Mr. Mahmood could you please give me any facts or information regarding your National Day & Accession Day because i’ve been browsing in the net regarding this & so far i cant find anything to help me write an article in our newsletter about National Day & Accession Day & im more confuse now to know that it is actually your independence day & according to what i read in your history Bahrain became fully independent on August 15,1971 so why your celebrating National Day & Accession Day on Dec.16/17?…please correct me if im wrong & i’ll be glad for your help…please just send me the facts or info thru email…

    Your Help will be much appreciated…Thanks! :happy:

  31. mahmood says:

    Tell you what bub, call the Ministry of Information, they have all the answers. You can get their number by calling 181 for directory enquiries, or USE GOOGLE!

  32. KINGDOM says:

    HAPPY NATIONAL DAY

  33. Noorulain says:

    Dear Mahmoud,

    I am a Journalist from Pakistan and seeking your help for mention the matter here under.
    Could you please give me any facts or information regarding your National Day & Accession Day because I’ve been browsing in the net regarding this & so far I cant find anything to help me write an article in our news paper about National Day & Accession Day & im more confuse now to know that it is actually your independence day & according to what I read in your history Bahrain became fully independent on August 15,1971 so why your celebrating National Day & Accession Day on Dec.16/17?please correct me if I am wrong & I’ll be glad for your help…please just send me the facts or info thru email on euroasiaunderscroebusinesslinkersattherateofyahoodotcom

    Sincerely yours,
    Noorulain Ahmed Siddiqui
    Daily Eemaan-Karachi
    Pakistan

  34. mahmood says:

    I’m sure the British Queen’s “official” birthday does not coincide with her “actual” birthday. This is the same thing almost. Although I agree that we should also mark Aug 15th of every year somehow.

  35. Faisal says:

    I wish a Happy National Day to all my beloved brothers & sisters, May Allah bless you all and our courageous blogger Mahmood. Your doing a great job educating us and opening our eyes to the facts & figures behind the curtain of political games played by leaders of this country.

    We have talked alot about the problems, please give us solutions to be better and stronger Nation. (Inshallah)

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