2005 News Story

Opening day of the 20th Jenadriya Festival attracts large crowds

Over 150,000 people visited the 20th Jenadriya Festival of Heritage and Culture yesterday, the first day of events that are open to the public. The festival site, just north of the city of Riyadh, features a number of pavilions portraying the cultures of the Kingdom’s various provinces. The Asir pavilion, in addition to folklore events, has on sale handicrafts such as silver jewelry and traditional ceremonial swords and daggers.  A number of ministries as well as non-government organizations have put up their own stalls, complete with literature and audio-visual material. The Ministry of Pilgrimage has a large display showing places of interest to pilgrims, and the Ministry of Social Affairs is displaying items made by handicapped students in Riyadh, such as wooden stands for the Holy Qur’an and embroidered table mats.