Qatar National Day is celebrated every year on the 18th of December. Also, known as Founder’s Day, it is the national commemoration of The State of Qatar’s unification in 1878.
Every year The Qatar National Day Organising Committee reveals a unique slogan for the celebrations.
The Qatar National Day Celebrations Organizing Committee has released the slogan for Qatar National Day 2021 through the Qatar National Day social media platforms. Every year the Qatar National Day Organising Committee reveals a unique slogan for the celebrations.
The 2021 slogan translates to:
"Ancestral meadows; a matter of trust."
From time immemorial, Qataris have always maintained a close-knit relationship with their environment. They were brought up on the land that shaped their characteristics, and they explored and coexisted with nature, the colors of its soil and sea and its seasonal changes, to the extent that the environment has become part and parcel of their existence and a major source of influence in the building of their personality and identity.
The simplicity of Qatari life reflects that of their environment, and the placidness of the land is equally manifested in the moral rectitude of the people, their modesty, the smoothness of their language and the clarity of their expression, qualities which, in turn, reflect on their clothing style and architecture. The intersection of sea and land is a distinctive feature of the Qatari environment, which makes their lives the quintessence of two blessings that enrich their livelihood with their bounties. They went to sea in the summer season for diving and relocated to terra firma in the winter season. They embraced the realms of the sea in search of pearls, empowered with wisdom and courage, believing that the meaning of life resides in interaction with others, which is why Qataris welcomed with open arms the ships coming to their shores from far and wide.
In the desert, Qataris found inspiration and acumen despite the difficulty of desert life as reflected in the scarcity of water and lack of grassland. They were, nonetheless, able to tame the desert through patience, and the beauty of the meadows enhanced the beauty of their poetry and creativity.
Qataris roamed the land of which God has made them vicegerents; so, they contemplated it and took care of it, using stones and animal fur to build their homes, but without indulging in extravagance, because they appreciated the blessings of God upon them, and their expression of gratitude towards God was articulated in deed before words. Qataris became attached and loyal to their environment, and their devotion to the land enhanced their sense of belonging and pride. The environment assumed an important place in their lives and was celebrated in their songs and poems, as the following verses from the "Elegy" of the Sheikh, the founding father, illustrate:
"Oh, how many caravans have passed by
"Leaving behind vestiges of the fluctuations of the times,
"Abodes our sights are accustomed to as the seasons slip by
"Our meadows ornamented with herbs."
The National Day Celebrations Organizing Committee announced the slogan of Qatar National Day 2020 on its National Day accounts Thursday night, December 3, 2020. Every year the Qatar National Day Organising Committee reveals a unique slogan for the celebrations.
This year's slogan translates to:
"We praise you, the Lord of the Throne,
We accept your judgment in all actions."
The slogan is a quote from one of the poems by the founder of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammed Bin Thani. The slogan explains the established faith foundations on which the country was founded and expresses the strength of the people and this land.
The National Day Celebrations Organizing Committee announced the motto of Qatar National Day 2019 "Ten years embraced glory and arts obtained all excellence and manliness" a verse from a poem by the Founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani, and the accompanying slogan "The path of excellence is difficult".
On the reasons of selecting this motto for Qatar National Day 2019, the organizing committee said: "And, because the challenges are always there, Qataris have always been prepared for the challenges of life, from natural disasters or the economic challenges such as the Pearl Depression, as well as the military and security challenges from the Mesaimeer in 1851 until the siege of Qatar in 2017."
This year, the slogan is as below:
The path of excellence is difficult
Ten years embraced glory and arts …
Obtained all excellence and manliness
In this stanza, the Founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed laments his martyr son, Sheikh Joaan, and gives a glimpse into the truth of a generation of young people who grew up on ethics and knowledge and was brought up to search and acquire knowledge even if the price of that sacrifice was too expensive.
The Founder Sheikh Jassim laments his son, Sheikh Joaan, listing his virtues. He was a young man of age; a student of science and a strong knight and these are the values for which he had been raised in from the Qatari environment.
Sheikh Joaan and his generation of young people has been a model for the Qatari youth of this day, in acquiring ethics and science, and willingness to sacrifice for precious homeland Qatar by overcoming all challenges.
Throughout its history, Qatar and its people blessed with natural resources such ‘pearls’ which provided them with well-being and decent living. Also, their land was full with grass and water, and was blessed with oil and gas.
And, because the challenges are always there, Qataris have always been prepared for the challenges of life, from natural disasters or the economic challenges such as the Pearl Depression, as well as the military and security challenges from the Mesaimeer in 1851 until the siege of Qatar in 2017.
All the challenges have been linked to a common factor across successive generations and it is the readiness of Qataris, especially young people, to confront these challenges with two weapons: morality and science, above all else.
As an example and a historic testimony to these challenges, on 17th of Ramadan 1888, at Sheikh Ali Bin Jassim Mosque (Joaan) in the Eastern Palace, (the current National Museum of Qatar), while praying, where many Qataris were present for a big diving season, there came the news of a surprise attack on Doha and its surroundings.
Sheikh Joaan completed the Fajr prayer with a few people knights, proceeding in the aftermath of the invaders who had withdrawn to the Rawdat al Khayl, where the Qatari clashed with them and their number was double.
Sheikh Joaan martyred that morning after he swore that he would not go back until defeating the invaders and a number of the finest youth of the homeland were also martyred and a number of them got injured.
This was an important event in establishing our beloved State.
The path of excellence is difficult
The slogan is inspired by a poem by the Founder, describing Sheikh Ali bin Jassim (Joaan), and by that he is giving a clear picture of a whole generation of Qatari youth in the founding period.
The slogan reflects the belief of successive generations of Qatari youth that the path of excellence is difficult.
The Qatar National Day Organising Committee’s motto for the year 2018 was 'As long as it was proven by our deeds', a line from a poem by the founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani, and the accompanying slogan 'Qatar will remain free'.
The theme was selected from the founder's poem and the National Anthem of Qatar to inspire the people living in Qatar and putting emphasis on doing good deeds.
The theme of National Day celebrations in 2017 was “Promise of Prosperity and Glory’ which was taken from a quote by H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The meaning of the 2017 slogan was the promise of a bright and prosperous future for The State of Qatar despite the unjust blockade.
The slogan was used, accompanied by documented and dated sayings, to describe the founder, Sheikh Jassim bin Muhammad bin Thani, on the lips of scholars, politicians and merchants from outside Qatar who knew him, highlighting his virtues and describing his conditions with Qatar and its people and men who supported him.
In 2009, the logo was accompanied by verses from the founder's poems that reflect his vision of building the state as a unified entity, the characteristics of the Qatari personality emerge from the reality of these poems. The founder, on the eighteenth of December 1878, succeeded his father, Sheikh Muhammad bin Thani, in leading the country towards establishment and unity. (ND Qatar Twitter)
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