Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country where Islamic rules are applied. Muslims are in majority here and Islam is the official religion of the state. Muslims tend to enjoy Islamic law, they are free to celebrate their festivals and are entertained with many such facilities.
However, this does not mean that life of non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia is made miserable. Non-Muslims can enjoy as freely as they can in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For instance, Non-Muslims can enjoy their festivals and can follow their religion as they wish.[irp]
The law here does not prevent them from following and practicing their religion. We know that a quite a good number of Christians live in Saudi Arabia. These Christians enjoy their festivals. One of their most celebrated festivals is Christmas.
The expats may find Christmas here a bit different, but it is no less than fun. Saudi Arabia tends to facilitate all its citizens and strives hard to make sure all are served with equal rights. Even though the event of Christmas does not get that much hype in Saudi Arabia as does Eid or any other Islamic festival, but that is only because Muslims are in the sheer majority here.
But then Christians know how to enjoy their festival and they do it with all zeal and zest. Christians in Saudi Arabia decorate their house with fancy lights and the traditional Christmas tree. The house gets the traditional red and green décor. The Christmas tree is wrapped with lights and small stars and balls hung around it.
The gifts are placed near the tree. The place where lunch or dinner is to be hosted in also decorated in pure Christmas style! They organize lunch and dinner for their fellow Christian friends and family members. They tend to enjoy the festival by going out to each other’s place, going out for a movie and to the beach.
Most Christians in Saudi Arabia would simply divide these fun events upon 2-3 days. They would host a lunch or dinner on the first day at their place. On the second day, they would go out to enjoy a day at the beach. On the third day or at night of 1st or second day, they would plan a movie together.
They exchange gifts and sweets (chocolates preferably). They host lunch and dinners in which they make traditional foods which they buy from international marts and so. See Christmas here is fun too. Christmas Eve is celebrated by Christians, their houses are decorated and they meet up to revive the basic concept of Christmas.
Even though Christmas for expats may not be the same, but it is fun. They may miss the shopping stalls that are arranged in their country, the decorated markets at the event and other traditional things attached to the festival. Yet they have liberty here to enjoy and celebrate their festival in Saudi Arabia.