KUWAIT, 25th February, 2016 (WAM) — Official celebrations for Kuwait’s 55th National Day, 25th Anniversary of liberation began on Thursday, with a series of events to be held to commemorate the celebrations.

This year’s celebration marks the 10th anniversary of His Highness the Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s accession to power. His Highness the Emir is the first Kuwaiti leader since 1965 to be sworn in by the National Assembly.

The celebrations also coincide with Kuwait being chosen as capital of Islamic culture for 2016.

As annual tradition dictates, military shows are held with the high-profile participation of land, air, and marine troops from the military, Interior Ministry, and Kuwait National Guard, KNG.

The military shows usually receive the patronage and attendance of His Highness the Emir along with chiefs of the army and the National Guard, and scores of top senior state officials.

Military and security units’ performances reflected the spirit of efficiency and readiness in defending the homeland under all circumstances. A parade showcasing armoured vehicles, tanks, and other machinery usually occur during the event.

An airshow, which includes various types of aircrafts, sprayed the colours of the Kuwaiti flag in the sky, creating a portrait of the flag. The event usually takes place in Sabhan area where the public are welcome to attend.

Also taking part in the national celebrations is the Sabah Al-Ahmad cultural village, which is decorated with colourful lights representing the Kuwaiti flag. The village is holding several events and festivities which continue until March 15th in honour of Kuwait’s national celebrations.

The celebrations of Kuwait national day and liberation anniversary is accompanied by the re-opening of the country’s most prominent touristic site and symbol, the Kuwait Towers. The towers were closed for five years for maintenance work, but now it is permissible for people to visit.

Private and public buildings as well as homes and dwellings of Kuwaiti nationals and expatriates are also showcasing lights and decorations dedicated to the national celebrations.