Multicultural Melbourne honours Morocco in flag raising ceremony at Federation Square
On the auspicious occasion of Eid Al Adha, this week also marked the commemoration of the Kingdom of Morocco’s Enthronement Day.
Whilst the streets of Melbourne were distinctly quiet from the usual hustle and bustle of one of the world’s most liveable cities, Morocco’s bright red flag with its distinct green emerald pentagram slowly and respectfully rose over Federation Square with the iconic dome of Flinders Street Station as its backdrop.
The Kingdom of Morocco’s Honorary Consul for Victoria, Australia and President of the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr Roland Jabbour OAM honoured the moment.
“His Majesty King Mohamed VI of Morocco is deeply respected by Moroccans and leaders from across the world. This year marks the 21st year His Majesty has held the throne. To raise the Moroccan flag, especially in these difficult times, shows the unwavering, mutual appreciation and respect we share.”
The flag was raised in a quiet ceremony led by Mr Jabbour whilst observing the tight lockdown restrictions currently imposed in Melbourne due to C19.
Australia and the Kingdom of Morocco established diplomatic ties in 1976 and for over four decades have developed a deep and endearing bilateral trade relationship and friendship.
“Australia recognises the value of Morocco in its leadership, its culture, people and its ancient land. It is a North African nation which is well known for its trade, as a leader in environmental sustainability and is well-known as a global advocate of interfaith and multiculturalism”.
Jews, Christians and Muslims have long lived in harmony in Morocco and there is a shared and sustainable humanity in this coexistence. It is a nation with a wisdom of cultural and ideological maturity and a vision that honours its differences.
Throne Day has a strong symbolic meaning for Moroccans. It reflects the renewal of the act of allegiance between the Throne and the Moroccan people, their attachment to the culture, the particular place of the Monarchy in the collective memory and in the heart of all Moroccans including the diaspora across the world and notably, in Australia.
The Moroccan community in Australia is around 10,000, predominantly based in Melbourne and Sydney with some families living in smaller cities including Brisbane and Adelaide.