Morocco Official, Public and National Holidays
Below you will find a list of all official, public and national holidays in the country of Morocco.
New Year’s Day
Known locally as Ras l’âm, there is no religious significance attached to this day, but is recognized in Morocco as a holiday in line with the rest of the world.
This is a celebration of the birth of the Prophet Mohamed, which takes place on the twelfth day of the third Islamic calendar month of Rabi’ al-awwal and is observed by Muslims world-wide.
Yaûm Al-Âmal (Labor Day)
Otherwise known as May Day and International Worker’s Day, this celebration takes place all around the world in recognition of workers’ rights and their contribution to society.
This holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a period of fasting and intense worship for adherents of the Muslim faith. Eid ul-Fitr includes expressions of thanks to Allah for strengthening them through Ramadan, with special services and processions taking place throughout Morocco.
Zikra Oued Ed-Dahab (Allegiance Day)
Known locally as Zikra Oued Ed-Dahab, this is the commemoration of the return of the Oued Eddahab region to Morocco by Mauritania.
Thaourat al-malik wa shâab (Revolution of the King and the People)
Taourat al-malik wa shaab is celebrated in remembrance of the return of King Mohammed V to Morocco after a period of exile in Madagascar. His return set in motion negotiations that would later lead to Moroccan independence.
Eid Al Milad (Birthday of King Mohammed VI)
This day is set aside for the citizens of Morocco, and particularly the youth, to celebrate the birthday of the Kingdom of Morocco’s current reigning king. King Mohammed VI the 18th king in the Alaouite dynasty and ascended to the throne in July 1999 following the death of his father, King Hassan II.
This festival is a reminder of Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael in obedience to a command from God. The occasion serves as a reminder to all Muslims that they should submit to God and be prepared to sacrifice anything that God wishes.
Eid Al Massira Al Khadra (Anniversary of the Green March)
Eid Al Massira Al Khadra commemorates the event on 6 November 1975 when around 350,000 unarmed Moroccans along with 27,000 soldiers under the direction of King Hassan II marched to the border of Western Sahara calling for the territory to be returned to Morocco. The color green was chosen to identify with Islam.
Fatih Muharram (Islamic New Year)
Known as Fatih Muharram this religious holiday is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Islamic calendar, which is lunar and therefore takes place on a different date according to the Gregorian calendar each year. Muslims take time on this day to reflect on the significance of this month as well as the Hijra the prophet Mohamed made to the city of Medina.
Eid Al Istiqulal (Independence Day)
This is Morocco’s National Day in recognition of the country’s independence. Various celebrations take place throughout the country.