Street decorations for the national hol- idays evoke joy and bring delight. Kuwait City's Al-Mubarakiya area is bedecked with Kuwaiti ags, ornaments, decorative lighting and national songs. Scores of local and regional visitors come to Souq Al-Mubarakiya every week, gather- ing with friends and family in a simple tra- ditional atmosphere.
Some older Kuwaiti women wear the abaya and veil to cover their faces, even if they don't usually wear it elsewhere, in stark contrast to the younger generation. One of them told me that she doesn't want
to be recognized in Mubarakiya! But only a few meters away, you see young hijabi women riding their bicycles through the crowd.
The Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has dec- orated the streets of Souq Mubarakiya as it has done for many years in Ahmadi, anoth- er place worth visiting during the national holidays. Street decorations are a symbol of the grace of security and freedom. If the celebration spirit hasn't yet captivated you, come to Mubarakiya!