Feast Of The Throne

Feast of the Throne is a holiday observed on the 30th of July in Morocco every year, honoring and celebrating the Moroccan king’s ascension to the throne. Also known simply as Throne Day, this holiday has been celebrated since the 1930s to recognize the ascension of Mohammed V of Morocco in 1927.

This holiday is enjoyed with many festivities and much fun. Another event that occurs on this day is the King’s address to the nation, known as the Throne Speech. This is a requirement of Morocco’s constitution, according to Article 52. In that article, the King must address not only the nation but also parliament to make the Throne Speech binding to the nation.

The History of Feast of the Throne

In 1927, Mohammed V of Morocco ascended to the throne, and the first celebration of Feast of the Throne was observed in 1933 in his honor. It has since been celebrated every year. Initially, it was celebrated on November 18th each year, but then the date was moved to March 3rd during the rule of King Hassan II. In 1999, King Mohammed VI ascended to the throne, and the holiday was then moved to July 30th. When the next king ascends the throne, the holiday is likely to be moved once again.

Observing the Feast of the Throne

A variety of events take place on the Feast of the Throne. Throughout Morocco, there are cavalcades, processions, and other festivities. There is also a fireworks display on this day.

Another common activity on this holiday is the practice of Bey’a—a symbolic swearing of allegiance to the Moroccan King. There is also a large party at the Royal Palace attended by those closest to the King.

Where is it celebrated?
Morocco (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
July 30 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
July 30 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
July 30 Sunday