Ancestral Meadows: A Matter of Trust, is the slogan for the 2021 Qatar National Day (QND). The announcement by the State National Day Celebrations Organising Committee Monday comes as part of the QND mission to promote loyalty, solidarity, unity and national pride, it was explained in a statement.
The new slogan is based on the poetry of the founder of Qatar, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani, and represents the strong relationship of Qataris to their environment since time immemorial: "Oh, how many caravans have passed by,
Leaving behind vestiges of the fluctuations of the times, Abodes our sights are accustomed to as the seasons slip by, Our meadows ornamented with herbs."
The Qatari people mirror the simplicity of their environment, and the gentleness of their morals and humility is rooted in the gentleness of the land, the committee stated.
"Qataris have always been wise and courageous, believing that life is lived through interaction with others. They traveled in the land that Allah gave them, taking care of it without extravagance.
"Their attachment to their environment increased their love for their homeland and their sense of belonging and pride in it, which is apparent in their songs and poems.
"The new slogan reiterates that Qataris were raised by the characteristics of the land, coexisting with its nature, the colours of its soil and sea, the seasons, and they explored its depths so that it formed their personality and identity.
"The union of the sea and land reflects a special feature of this environment, intertwining the Qatari people with these two blessings and providing their livelihood. They would go to the sea to dive in the summer, and pasture in the winter. For pearls, they voyaged the vast ocean with wisdom and courage, and believed that life is lived through interaction with others. They welcomed ships from distant lands arriving at their shores with generosity and hospitality.
"Despite the challenges of living in the desert with the scarcity of water and plantation, they found inspiration and insight, and were able to make the desert bloom with their patience. The beauty of their cultivated land increased their creativity and deep poetry." Page 12.