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  • Currency: Morocco Dirham (MAD)
  • These public holidays were provided by the Saharawi Government. Moroccan holidays also apply.
  • Weekend: Thursday & Friday
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Saturday May 20, 2023Liberation DaySecular holiday
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    Friday June 9, 2023Martyrs' DaySecular holiday
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    Saturday June 17, 2023Zemla UpriseSecular holiday
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    Thursday June 29, 2023Eid-ul-Adha - Sacrifice Day - Tabaski - Id-el-Kabir (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Sunday July 9, 2023Youth DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday July 19, 2023El am Hejir New Year (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Sunday July 30, 2023Enthronement DaySecular holiday
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    Monday August 14, 2023Oued Eddahab Allegiance DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday August 20, 2023Revolution DaySecular holiday
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    Monday August 21, 2023Youth DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday September 27, 2023Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Liberation Day

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    Saturday May 20, 2023
    Secular holiday : according to Polisario sources

    Martyrs' Day

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    Friday June 9, 2023
    Secular holiday : according to Polisario sources

    Zemla Uprise

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    Saturday June 17, 2023
    Secular holiday : according to Polisario sources

    Eid-ul-Adha - Sacrifice Day - Tabaski - Id-el-Kabir (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Thursday June 29, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : The second main celebration of Islam. It celebrates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. Muslims make their annual pilgrimage, or the Hajj , to Makkah (Mecca) in Saudi Arabia. Paid holiday when falling on Friday or Saturday

    Youth Day

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    Sunday July 9, 2023
    Secular holiday : according to Polisario sources

    El am Hejir New Year (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Wednesday July 19, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : The event where Muhammad fled Mecca with a small group of followers to go to Medina (Yathrib) in the year 622 A.D., under mounting hostility towards Muhammad. Muslim calendar starts from this date (A.H.), which was established in `Umar's reign. Medina is about 200 miles north of Mecca. Muhammad arrived there on 20th Sep 622 A.D. The name of the city was changed to Medinatu'l-Nabi (city of the Prophet).

    Enthronement Day

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    Sunday July 30, 2023
    Secular holiday : Celebrates the accession to the throne, of King Mohammed VI on July 3O, 1999, who succeeded his father King Hassan II.

    Oued Eddahab Allegiance Day

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    Monday August 14, 2023
    Secular holiday : On August 14, 1979, the recovery of this province by Moroccan authorities came to materialize the unity of the country and crown a long struggle for the perfection of Morocco's territorial integrity. On that day, at the Riad palace in Rabat, a 360 person-strong delegation, was dispatched by the population of the region to renew before King Hassan II the oath of allegiance and their attachment to the Alaouite throne. The sovereign then delivered a historic speech in which he vowed to guarantee their defense and security and endeavor for their well-being.

    Revolution Day

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    Sunday August 20, 2023
    Secular holiday :

    Youth Day

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    Monday August 21, 2023
    Secular holiday : Celebrates the Revolution of the King and the People, a landmark in Morocco's history, that illustrates the struggle of the Alaouite Throne and the Moroccan people against occupation. On August 20, 1953 the French colonial authorities exiled the Late King Mohammed V and the Royal Family, after the Late king had refused to disavow the action of the national movement and to sign decrees consecrating French domination over Morocco. Celebration of the Revolution of the King and People

    Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Wednesday September 27, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : Birthday of the Prophet, Mohammed. For nine days there are Parties with fairs, feasting, and parades. Stories are told about how the mountains danced when Mohammed was born, and sang, There is no god but Allah. The trees answered, And Mohammed is his Prophet. Then 7,000 angels brought a golden vase filled with heavenly dew, and his mother bathed the new baby in it. Many stories like these are told to Arab children on the Prophet's Birthday, the happiest day in the Moslem year.