Anniversary Of The Recovery Oued Ed-Dahab

The Anniversary of the Recovery of Oued Ed-Dahab is a national holiday observed in Morocco every August 14th. Also known as Oued Ed-Dahab Day or Allegiance Day, this day commemorates the return of the Oued Ed-Dahab region to Morocco on this date in 1979. Because this is a national holiday, it is also a day off for the general population.

It is also a day when non-essential government offices, schools, and businesses are closed. This holiday features several official events held every year, but the celebrations tend to be somewhat low-key.

The History of the Anniversary of the Recovery of Oued Ed-Dahab

Located in the southernmost of Morocco’s provinces, Oued Ed-Dahab lies in the disputed territory of Western Sahara—an area that had been occupied by Spain since the 19th century. The Madrid Accords in 1975 divided control of this area between Morocco and Mauritania.

On August 14, 1979, hundreds of clerics and tribal leaders from Oued Ed-Dahab visited the Kingdom’s capital to give the late King Hassan II their oath of allegiance. Because of these oaths, Morocco saw it as an opportunity to annex the entire region. However, even today, this area remains disputed, and the UN and many member countries do not recognize the claim that Morocco has on the region.

Observing the Anniversary of the Recovery of Oued Ed-Dahab

This holiday is observed in much the same way as other patriotic holidays in Morocco are celebrated. This includes parades, festivals, and exhibitions. It also involves the prominent display of the Moroccan flag and people spending time with loved ones.

It is also a good day to enjoy one of the many Moroccan foods that people savor on this day, including Tagine, Couscous, and Fish Chermoula. And of course, no celebration would be complete without some music, dancing, and fun.

Where is it celebrated?
Morocco (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
August 14 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
August 14 Thursday
Last year (2023)
August 14 Monday