The National Day of Morocco is on the 2nd March (Independence from France 1956). The 2nd March is not celebrated as the National Day of Morocco, but on the 30th July. The 30th July which is known as Throne Day, as it celebrates the ascension of King Mohammed VI to the throne in 1999.
National Day of Morocco
So Morocco declared its independence from France on March 2, 1956. This was done by negotiation between the two. They had lived under French colonial rule from 1912 until 1956. Because at this time the French established a protectorate over Morocco. This allowed it to control over the country’s foreign affairs and some aspects of its domestic policies. As stated they had been French colonial rule from 1912 until 1956. The 30th July which is known as Throne Day, as it commemorates the ascension of King Mohammed VI to the throne in 1999.
Public Holidays in Morocco
Firstly here are the public holidays in Morocco:
- New Year’s Day – January 1
- Labor Day – May 1
- Eid Al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) – Dates vary according to the Islamic lunar calendar
- Throne Day – July 30
- Anniversary of the King and People’s Revolution – August 14
- Youth Day – August 21
- Oued Ed-Dahab Day – November 14
- Independence Day – November 18
- Eid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) – Dates vary according to the Islamic lunar calendar
- Islamic New Year – Dates vary according to the Islamic lunar calendar
Note that the dates for Eid Al-Fitr, Eid Al-Adha, and Islamic New Year are based on the Islamic lunar calendar.