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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Morocco. Please scroll down to view.

The Kingdom of Morocco is a North African nation that celebrates several national holidays throughout the year. A majority of these holidays are based on the Muslim faith and occur on different days each year. These holiday celebrations are based on the lunar cycle and the actual dates are released each year from Mecca.

According to the New Labour Code of Morocco, Chapter 3, Article 217-230, 2003, all employers must acknowledge national holidays and provide their employees with a day off with pay for those days if their employment status allows this benefit. According to this Code, any holidays that fall on Saturday or Sunday do not qualify for special holiday pay or days off. If an employer requires a person to be present during a holiday celebration, they are required by Moroccan law to offer a different paid day off as compensation.

Although Morocco is a Kingdom, it has established a Parliament. The Parliament is responsible for establishing and declaring all holidays. The king has reserved the right to establish special holidays, but he has not used this privilege often. Parliament manages all labour laws regarding holiday pay and mandatory days off through its Labour Code.

At this time, there has been talk from the Monarchy to reduce the number of holidays celebrated each year. The three holidays they have considered eliminating include, Oued Ed-Dahab Day, Revolution Day, and Green March Day. However, any changes to national holidays must be approved by Parliament. There are currently no propositions before Parliament to end these holidays.

It should also be noted that a majority of the holidays celebrated in Morocco are based on the Muslim faith. Because of this, the dates are subject to change each year based on the official dates released from Mecca. All employers are encouraged to respect the change in these dates each year and follow the laws for holiday time off and pay accordingly.

Cultural, Religious, and Business Holidays

Although over 99 percent of the Moroccan population is Muslim, there are some people of other faiths or who continue to practice indigenous faiths from the continent. While these are actual holidays to these religions and cultures, the government does not formally acknowledge these celebrations or require employers to acknowledge or pay for these holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

11 JanWedIndependence Manifesto Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
26 JunMonAid al-Fitr / End of Ramadan
30 JulSunThrone Day
14 AugMonOued Ed-Dahab Day
20 AugSunRevolution Day
21 AugMonHM Mohammed VI's Birthday
1 SepFriAid al-Adha / Feast of Sacrifice
22 SepFriIslamic New Year / Muharram
6 NovMonGreen March Day
18 NovSatIndependence Day
1 DecFriThe Prophet's Birthday