An annual celebration marking the 1999 accession
to the Moroccan throne of Mohammed VI.
The present Moroccan royal family is from the Alaouite
Dynasty. Moulay Ali Cherif, who became Sultan of
Tafilat in 1631, was the founder of this dynasty. The Alaouite dynasty
claims that they are successors of Muhammad.
The Feast of the Throne is thus known as Eid
Al-`Arch in Arabic to honor the rule of the Alaouite royal family
on the empire.
The festival was at first celebrated on November
18 when King Mohammed V was the emperor. Later,
the date moved to March 3 during the reign of the late King
Hassan II. Presently, it is celebrated on July 30,
the day when King Muhammad VI was enthroned.
Photo of the Sultan and King Mohammed
Dar Caid Khenifra
Sidi Muhammad Ben Yusuf, sultan
of Morocco 1927–53, who became a focal point of nationalist
aspirations, secured Moroccan independence from French colonial rule,
and then ruled as king from 1957 to 1961......promulgated
to help the protectorate, but, instead, it divided the country and
accelerated nationalism. Wanting to make Muhammad V a national
symbol, the Moroccan nationalists organized the Fête
du Trône (Throne Day), an annual festival to commemorate
the anniversary of Muhammad’s assumption of power.
One of the royal carriages used for the Throne Day, a gift of Queen Victoria to Sultan Hassan in the 19th century.