Maore Day is a holiday that falls on the 12th day of November in Comoros and is also known as Journée Nationale Maoré. Comoros is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, off Africa’s east coast.
This holiday commemorates the date in 1975 when three islands were admitted to the United Nations after an independence referendum. However, the fourth island, Mayotte, chose to remain with France instead of joining Comoros. It is also a day that denounces the continued French occupation of the fourth island of Comoros.
The History of Maore Day
In 1841, France took control of Mayotte and, not long after, the other three islands of Comoros. In 1912, the islands were united and became a province of the colony of Madagascar.
By 1961, Comoros gained autonomous rule within the greater French community, and by July 6th, 1975, they had become full members of the United Nations. On the 12th of November, all four islands were admitted into the United Nations as full members. However, only three of the islands voted for independence. Mayotte chose to stay under the administration of France, separating her from the rest of Comoros and aligning her interests with France.
Although the United Nations has adopted resolutions recognizing Comoros’s independence, France still maintains a presence on Mayotte. November 12th was established as Maore Day to condemn France’s continued presence on the island.
Observing Maore Day
This holiday is primarily a day used to protest the French presence on the island of Mayotte, but some people also use it as a day off. It is a day when some people spend time with loved ones or engage in activities they enjoy.