Saudi Arabia stages once-banned 'Halloween' celebrations

Saudi Arabia has hosted an event to celebrate the once-banned festival of Halloween, in a historic move for the Land of the Two Holy Mosques as the kingdom looks to implement social reforms intended to modernise the country under de-facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Dubbed the "Scary Weekend" which took place on Thursday and Friday in Riyadh's Boulevard, revellers dressed up in scary costumes and fancy dress and posed for pictures which have been widely shared on social media. The event was held as part of the ongoing Riyadh Season in the Saudi capital. However, celebrations in the kingdom which had long been described as "ultra conservative," have drawn criticism from some Muslim social media users over permitting … Continue reading Saudi Arabia stages once-banned 'Halloween' celebrations