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Western Sahara
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

Western Sahara is a disputed territory located near the border of Morocco. This area has been subjected to an ongoing civil war with Morocco for many years. Although there has been a peace treaty established through the United Nations, Western Sahara is still considered a non-governed disputed territory.

Because this area is a disputed part of Morocco, it is assumed that the national holidays celebrated in this country coincide with those observed in Morocco. At this time, there are not any government laws or proclamations associated with public holidays in Western Sahara.

The political strife being experienced in this area has made it hard to determine if there are any public holidays celebrated in West Sahara or if there are any labour laws associated with those dates. Because this area was a part of Morocco prior to the civil wars, it is assumed that a majority of the people celebrate the same holidays as those celebrate n Morocco. For all intents and purposes, the holidays listed in the table below are those that are actually celebrated in Morocco.

There are three different government bodies that have claimed the rights to rule this portion of land known as Western Sahara. None of these governments at this time have any authority to impose, proclaim or otherwise determine national holidays in Western Sahara. Until an official government is formed, the official holidays celebrated in this area will not be known.

Cultural, Religious, and Provincial Holidays

It is assumed that there are several different cultures living within the area based on prior knowledge of the population before this country was divided from Morocco. It is easy to assume that many of these cultures, religions, and linguistic groups have their own holidays that they celebrate. These celebrations were not officially acknowledged by the former government.

In addition to these groups, there were several tribes believed to have lived in this area prior to the separation. These tribes have many distinct traditions and religious beliefs that are directly connected to the continent of Africa. These holiday celebrations, however, were not officially recognised by the former government.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
11 JanWedIndependence Manifesto Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 JunSunEid al-Fitr / End of Ramadan
26 JunMonEid al-Fitr Holiday
30 JulSunThrone Day
14 AugMonOued Ed-Dahab Day
20 AugSunRevolution Day
21 AugMonHM Mohammed VI's Birthday
1 SepFriEid al-Adha / Feast of Sacrifice
2 SepSatEid al-Adha Holiday
21 SepThuIslamic New Year
6 NovMonGreen March Day
18 NovSatIndependence Day
30 NovThuThe Prophet's Birthday
1 DecFriThe Prophet's Birthday Holiday