Independence Day in Morocco in 2019

Independence Day in Morocco in 2019
  How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 33 days.
  Dates of Independence Day in Morocco
2021 Morocco Thu, Nov 18 National Holiday
2020 Morocco Wed, Nov 18 National Holiday
2019 Morocco Mon, Nov 18 National Holiday
2018 Morocco Sun, Nov 18 National Holiday
2017 Morocco Sat, Nov 18 National Holiday
Morocco's National Day commemorates independence from France on November 18th 1956
  Local name
Eid Al Istiqulal
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When is Moroccan Independence Day?

Independence Day, also known as Fete de l'Independence, is a public holiday celebrated on November 18th.

It is Morocco's National Day and commemorates Morocco's independence from France on November 18th 1956.

On this holiday, government institutions and banks will close. Shops, cafes, restaurants bazaars will be open and buses will run as normal.

History of Moroccan Independence Day

Since the mid-seventeenth century, Morocco has been ruled by the Alaouite dynasty. In the late nineteenth century, the influence of European powers such as France, Germany and Spain grew larger.

In 1859, Morocco went to war with Spain, and in theory, had guaranteed its independence through the 1880 Conference of Madrid. Despite this, the French gained an increasing influence in Morocco. Germany tried to counteract this influence by showing support for Moroccan independence, a move intended to agitate the French and British, which it did. So much so, that on December 3rd 1912, Morocco was made to accept a treaty that made it part of a French Protectorate, with part of Northern Morocco coming under Spanish control.

While the treaty did not mean that Morocco was no longer a sovereign state and that the Sultan remained the country's leader, in reality, the country was ruled by a colonial administration.

In 1953, King Mohammed V had been exiled to Madagascar as tensions within Morocco grew with a rising call for independence.

Exiling such a well respected Sultan only had the effect of uniting Moroccan opposition to French control, and by 1955 King Mohammed V had returned from exile to lead negotiations that led to the formal independence of Morocco a year later.

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