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MOROCCO

Morocco’s culture and its traditions are rich and have a deep history. Its city has its own unique culture and characteristics, which it holds onto tightly. Still, there are some traits that all of Morocco shares. Moroccans are proud people who believe deeply in respect and loyalty to family. They are predominately Muslim, though there is a Jewish and Christian Moroccan population. Itis one of the few places where all three religions live in harmony together.

Celebrations in Morocco - Festivals and Holidays

The inhabitants of Morocco celebrate numerous Muslim and national festivals through the year. The dates for most of their religious holidays are worked out on the lunar calendar and this makes it virtually impossible to predict when these dates will fall on thewestern calendar that most people in other parts of the world use. During the festivals, there can be fasting, dancing and feasting - all depending on the type of holiday being celebrated. The Muslim festivals are observed by all Islamic residents regardless of how long they last. This may not be that easy since, for example, Ramadan celebrations last an entire month and its observers have to fast forthe period and abstain from sex, smoking and drink. Moussems (ammougars) are normally festivals held in honor of saints.
For the most part, the celebrations are a lot of fun and visiting during one of them can greatly enhance your trip to the country.

January
New Years Day - Western Celebration
Independence Celebration (1 of 5 during the year) Secular
February
Tafraoute - End of thewinter rains.
Aid Al Adha / A'd el-Khebir - Commemoration of Abrahams sacrifice
March & April
Beni Mellal - Cotton harvest moussem
Fatih Mouharam - Islamic New Years
Ashura - Day of tithing
Aid el Arch - The coronation of King Mohammed VI
May
Moulay Bousselham - Moussem of Sidi Ahmed Ben Mansour
Berkane - Harvest moussem for clementines
El Kelia des Mgouna - Rose festival tocelebrate the new crops
Labor Day - May 1
Id el Mouloud - Prophet Mohammed's birthday
Ben Aissa Moussem - the largest of all moussems which includes amazing displays of fantasia, glass swallowing, etc.

June
Music Festival - Held in Fez. Musicians from all around the world join in this festival
Independence Day - A week long oceanside festival/party
Goulimine - traditionally a fair forcamel traders
Tan Tan - Moussem of Sidi Mohammed Ma el Ainin. Guedra dance may be performed at this festival.
Gnaoua Festival - Music Festival
July
Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival - Traditional Moroccan folklore
Tetouan - Moussem of Moulay Abdessalem which is celebrated very religiously in great splendor and ceremony.
Sefrou - Festival of the cherry harvest
Al Hoceima - festival of thesea harvest
Celebration of the Throne - Parades and fireworks - 30 July
August
Asilah Arts Festival - Exposure for local artists
Celebration of the Young - August 21
Setti Fatma - Popular moussem held in the Ourika valley
Sefrou - Moussem of Sidi Lahcen el Youssi
El Jadida - Moussem of Moulay Abdallah. It features fantasias.
Tiznit - Moussem of Sidi Ahmed ou Moussa. This isprincipally a religious festival.
Immouzer du Kandar - a moussem for harvesting apples and pears.
Immouzer des Ida Outanane - a honey moussem which last about a week.
September
Chefchaouen - Moussem of Sidi Allal al Hadh.
Moulay Idriss Zerhoun - Moussem of Moulay Idriss, the patron saint of Fez, which is the biggest religious moussem.
Imilchil - a marriage festival in the Atlas mountains (seemarriage customs)also a showcase for traditional costumes
October
The Date Festival - Held in Erfoud
November
Ramadan - month of fasting
Independence Day - Nov 18
Eid al Fitr - Endof Ramadan
Erfoud - a harvest festival
December
Rafsae - olive harvest festival
Hajj Day - Dec 31
Art

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