Today is a very special day for Morocco and it’s whole nation, it’s one of the most celebrated days of the year. It’s the 14th anniversary of His Majesty King Mohammed VI (sixth) enthronement. Streets are usually much crowded as people tend to enjoy their day off from work and watch the celebrations.
By my side, for the first time since I’m in Morocco I finally met some friends to take a Ftour (breakfast in arabic, as it is Ramadan and it is only permitted to eat at sunset). We took our meal at Morocco Mall’s food court, then we’ve taken some drinks at the terrace in front of the fountain and lastly we enjoyed the fireworks of Throne Day! More details about Throne Day (Aid Al Arch) and the meaning of Ramadan after “Continue Reading…”.
Picture at the top source: MAP
30th July of every year since 1999 knows celebrations all over the country and it is considered as one of the main Moroccan national days! To avoid any confusion by my side about the history of this day, I’ll quote Morocco’s official website ‘Maroc.ma‘ where it is written that:
“Following the death of His Majesty King Hassan II on July 23rd , 1999, the accession of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to the Throne in accordance with Article 20 of the kingdom’s Constitution:
– The Ceremony of presenting the BEIA (Allegiance) to His Majesty King Mohammed Ben Al Hassan Ben Mohammed, Amir Al Mouminine, took place on Friday, July 23rd, 1999, in the Throne Room of the Royal Palace in Rabat.
– The Enthronement of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Amir Al Mouminine, took place on July 30th, 1999. He solemnly performed the Friday prayer and pronounced His first Speech of the Throne, at the Royal Palace in Rabat. This date becomes, officially, the Feast of the Throne.”
Going out today was actually a great idea as following our Ftour in Morocco Mall, I was able to enjoy fireworks for a long moment. It was a typical Ramadan night with a nice weather that gets cooler by night. Talking about Ramadan, for my readers who don’t know what is it… it’s a the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims believe that Quran was revealed that month but as much important it is the month in which Muslims apply the fifth pillar of Islam which is fasting. Fasting prohibit believers from eating, drinking and more such as engaging in any sexual relationship from dawn to sunset. In Morocco (and I believe in any muslim country) people tend to be much more active after sunset, therefore, streets are crowded and in my city Casablanca traffic jam could last for 3 hours at 2am!
I hope you get after this article an idea of what is Throne Day and Ramadan. As a proud Moroccan, I hope that I deliver the best image of my country and my culture through this blog and I wish a happy Throne Day to the Moroccan nation celebrating our King’s accession to the throne. Stay tuned, I’ll soon be coming to a city near you! 😉