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Morocco’s Flag Raising
November 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is the northwesternmost country in the Maghreb region of North Africa with a population of roughly 37 million. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and has land borders with Algeria to the east, and the disputed territory of Western Sahara to the south. Morocco also claims the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta, Melilla and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera, and several small Spanish-controlled islands off its coast. Its official and predominant religion is Islam, and the official languages are Arabic and Berber; the Moroccan dialect of Arabic and French are also widely spoken. Moroccan identity and culture is a vibrant mix of Berber, Arab, and European cultures. Its capital is Rabat, while its largest city is Casablanca.
Also known as Fete de l’Independence, Moroccan Independence Day commemorates King Mohammed’s return from exile in 1955. The kingdom gained independence from French colonial rule on March 2, 1956, and Spain on April 7th of the same year. Until the early 1960s, Morocco celebrated its Independence Day on March 2nd. When King Mohammed’s son, King Hassan II, inherited the throne in 1961, he officially changed the date of Morocco’s Independence Day to the anniversary of King Mohammed’s return from exile as a tribute to his father.
The Moroccan American Recreational and Organizational Council NJ (MAROC) is a non-profit organization based in the State of New Jersey that works to provide administrative and recreational services to the Moroccan American community.
The mission of the Moroccan American Recreational and Organizational Council is to build and sustain a strong network of Moroccan American families and professionals through promoting and supporting higher education, addressing the needs of the Moroccan American community, and helping new Moroccan immigrants transition into the American society.
The Moroccan community has directly contributed to the diversity and positive growth of Jersey City in various fields, including education, entrepreneurship, government, literature, drama, sculpture, music, food, and culture, as well as all aspects of life throughout the United States and abroad; and continues to influence our beliefs, embedded values and quest for independence.
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