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Festivals in Morocco

Celebration is an important aspect of Moroccan culture. Morocco is an exciting and entertaining country that lays claim to cultural, historical and religious holidays and festivals. At any given point of the year there is a Moroccan city or Berber community hosting glorious festivities.

For the most part, the celebrations are a lot of fun and visiting during one of them can greatly enhance your trip to the Morocco country.

January:
Independence Celebration (1 of 5 during the year) Secular
New Years Day – Western Celebration

February:
Aid Al Adha / A’d el-Khebir – Commemoration of Abrahams sacrifice
March & April
Fatih Mouharam – Islamic New Years
Aid el Arch – The coronation of King Mohammed VI
Beni Mellal – Cotton harvest moussem

May:
Id el Mouloud – Prophet Mohammed’s birthday
El Kelia des Mgouna – Rose festival to celebrate the new crops
Labor Day – May 1
Berkane – Harvest moussem for clementines

June:
Ramadan – month of fasting (it move each year)
Gnaoua Festival – Music Festival Essaouira.
Music Festival – Held in Fez. Musicians from all around the world join in this festival
Goulimine – traditionally a fair for camel traders
Tan Tan – Moussem of Sidi Mohammed Ma el Ainin. Guedra dance may be performed at this festival.
Independence Day – A week long oceanside festival/party

July:
Eid al Fitr – End of Ramadan
Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival – Traditional Moroccan folklore
Tetouan – Moussem of Moulay Abdessalem which is celebrated very religiously in great splendor and ceremony.
Al Hoceima – festival of the sea harvest
Sefrou – Festival of the cherry harvest

August:
Asilah Arts Festival – Exposure for local artists
Immouzer du Kandar – a moussem for harvesting apples and pears.

September:
Imilchil – a marriage festival in the Atlas mountains (see marriage customs)also a showcase for traditional costumes
Moulay Idriss Zerhoun – Moussem of Moulay Idriss, the patron saint of Fez, which is the biggest religious moussem.

October:
Eid al Adha- End of Ramadan
The Date Festival – Held in Erfoud

November:
Ramadan – month of fasting
Independence Day – Nov 18
Eid al Fitr – Endof Ramadan

December:
olive harvest festival

 

 

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