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Notable dates in Morocco, 2014

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Notable dates in Morocco, 2014

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...”.

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1. Re: Notable dates in Morocco, 2014

Copied and Saved!

Thanks, much appreciated ☺

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Thanks for that information Pilobolus. Very useful - have also copied and saved.

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Hi thanks for posting this information,

It's in the top questions box so everyone can see details through next year when this post vanishes off the page tomorrow.

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What an excellent idea, Shimmin!

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Hi

if i was planning to go to marrakech for a week on 5th july would we be limited or would anything be affected because of ramadan?

thanks

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Hi,

Have a look in the top questions box on the right of the page for all you could want to know about Morocco during Ramadan.

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"Allegiance Day: 14th August

King and People’s Revolution Day and King’s Birthday and Youth Day: 20th/21st August"

We're in Agadir from 11-25 August so 3 holidays in 2 weeks! Are those major holidays? Can we expect things to close down those days, or on the other hand is there anything special to see?

A not totally unrelated question, and one which may seem odd but anyone who has been to a Muslim country will understand why I am asking, which 2 days are the "weekend" in Morocco?

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9. Re: Notable dates in Morocco, 2014

The holidays you mention are public ones meaning that public offices (banks, post office, Government departments etc) will be closed. Most of everything else should be open. "Is there anything special to see?" In Agadir...don't tempt me! (Not a fan of this town.)

Your last question is not at all odd. I have either visited, lived or worked in seven Middle Eastern and North African countries where the weekend is usually Friday/Saturday. Except Morocco where despite Friday being the main religious day weekends can be Friday/Saturday, or Saturday/Sunday (the French influence) or even Friday/Saturday/Sunday (for the truly idle!) Strangely the Arabic for Sunday is el had, meaning the first (day of the week).

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Not a holiday but worth noting that the FIFA Club World Cup takes place in Rabat and Marrakech from December 10th until 20th:

…wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_FIFA_Club_World_Cup