Notable dates in Morocco fall into two categories: those religious holidays which are determined by the Islamic calendar (which is lunar) and the secular holidays which follow the Western (Gregorian) calendar. The religious holidays are entirely predictable but for some unexplained reason (to me at least) tend to be a day later than in the rest of the Islamic world. Although these holy days are announced from Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia it is the religious authorities n Fes who set the timings here in Morocco.
Here are the provisional dates for the religious holidays for 2014.
Mouloud, the holy Prophet’s birthday: 14th January
First day of Ramadan: 29th June
Eid es Seghir (the little fete, aka Eid el Fitr) which is at the end of Ramadan: 29th July
Eid el Kebir (the big fete, frequently called la fete du mouton here): 5th October
Moharem, the Islamic New Year: 15th October
Ashura: 4th November
Public holidays (banks and public offices closed) are as follows.
Anniversary of the Istiqlal Manifesto: 11th January
Labour Day: May 1st
Feast of the Throne (a two to three day public holiday) commencing July 30th
Allegiance Day: 14th August
King and People’s Revolution Day and King’s Birthday and Youth Day: 20th/21st August
Anniversary of the Green March: 6th November
Independence Day: 18th November
For details concerning Ramadan please refer to another entry under “Top Questions...”.