Every year Morocco celebrates its Independence Day , the Eid Al Istiqulal, on November 18 to honor the return of their King Mohammed to Morocco . A grand reception is held at the imperial palace; colorful parades, and street vendors selling traditional food mark the Independence Day celebrations .
While there are too many festivals and holidays to name them all here, here’s a list of the main ones to keep an eye out for. Yennayer (Amazigh New Year) Almond Blossom Festival. International Nomads Festival. Ramadan . Eid al-Fitr . Fes World Sacred Music Festival. Eid al-Adha . Milad un Nabi.
Morocco became a French Protectorate through the Treaty of Fez in 1912.
Some Moroccans believe themselves to be of mixed Arab-Berber descent or of Arab-Berber-Andalusian ancestry. There are no official figures about the exact ethnic origins of all Moroccans , but the implicitly accepted idea inside and outside Morocco is that Moroccans are essentially mixed Arab-Berbers.
Mohammed VI Since 1999
During World War II, Morocco , which was then occupied by France, was controlled by Vichy France from 1940 to 1942 after the occupation of France by Nazi Germany .
The northern zone became part of independent Morocco on 7 April 1956 , shortly after France had ceded its protectorate (French Morocco). Spain finally ceded its southern zone through the Treaty of Angra de Cintra on 1 April 1958 , after the short Ifni War.
Morocco’s culture is a blend of religious and ethnic traditions, encompassing Berber, Arab, African, Mediterranean, and Jewish influences. Greetings involve a handshake and friendly inquiries after health, happiness and family – no business is discussed until after these pleasantries.
In 1956 Morocco declared independence, and in the government declared Classical Arabic as the official language. After independence, to facilitate economic growth and to increase its ties to Europe, the Moroccan government decided to strengthen its ties with France, resulting in the promotion of French .
Morocco officially gained independence on 2 March 1956 after the signing of a joint declaration in Paris to replace the Treaty of Fez that had established the protectorate in 1912.