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Morocco Holidays/Celebrations (Calendar)

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Chafik Belmouden

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Celebrations and Holidays in Morocco The inhabitants of Morocco celebrate numerous Muslim and national festivals through the year. 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 for the period and abstain from smoking and drinking. Moussems (ammougars) are normally festivals held in honor of saints. In the month of January New Years is Celebrated. So is Independece day (the 1st out of 5). Aid el Mawlid: This is a celebration of the birth of the Prophet Mohamed, which takes place on the twelfth day of the third Islamic calendar month "Rabi' al-awwal" and is observed by Muslims world-wide. In the month of March and April the holidays of
Beni Mellal - Cotton harvest moussem El Kelia des Mgouna - Rose festival to celebrate the new crops
Labor day is celebrated on the 1st May. In the month of May Yaûm Al-Âmal (Labor Day)
Otherwise known as May Day is a international workers day, this celebration takes place all around the world in recongnition of workers' rights/ In the month of June
A music festival, is held in Fez where musicians from all over the world come and join the gathering. Independence day is celebrated along the Ocean side and Goulimine a traditonal fair for Camel traders are all celebrations in June. In the month of july a Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival - Traditional Moroccan folklore is held. They also have Sefrou the festival of the cherry harvest and Al Hoceima the festival of the sea harvest. The month of August In Morocco is very important because it holds a lot of very important holidays like... Zikra Oued Ed-Dahab (Allegiance Day) celebrated on the 14th of August is Known locally as Zikra Oued Ed-Dahab, this is the commemoration of the return of the Oued Eddahab region to Morocco by Mauritania. Eid ul-Fitr was celebrated last year in August (Or September, don't remember.. haha) This holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a period of fasting and intense worship for adherents of the Muslim faith. Eid ul-Fitr includes expressions of thanks to Allah for strengthening them (us) through Ramadan, with special services and processions taking place throughout Morocco. Celebrated last in the month of August is Thaourat al-malik wa shâab (Revolution of the King and the People), Taourat al-malik wa shaab is celebrated in remembrance of the return of King Mohammed V to Morocco after a period of exile in Madagascar. His return set in motion negotiations that would later lead to Moroccan independence. In the month of September Imilchil - a marriage festival in the Atlas mountains (see marriage customs)also a showcase for traditional costumes In the month October the date festival is held in Erfoud Eid ul-Adha :
is a reminder of Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael in obedience to a command from God. The occasion serves as a reminder to all Muslims that they should submit to God and be prepared to sacrifice anything that God wishes. The month of November is Also very important because it celebrates a lot of big dates for the musilim community. Eid Al Massira Al Khadra (Anniversary of the Green March) celebrated on the 6th of November commemorates the event on 6 November 1975 when around 350,000 unarmed Moroccans along with 27,000 soldiers under the direction of King Hassan 2 marched to the Sahara calling for the territory to be returned to Morocco. The color green was chosen to identify with Islam. Fatih Muharram (Islamic New Year) gets also celebrated in November. This religious holiday is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Islamic calendar, which is lunar and therefore takes place on a different date according to the Gregorian calendar each year. Muslims take time on this day to reflect on the significance of this month as well as the Hijra the prophet Mohamed made to the city of Medina. Eid Al Istiqulal (Independence Day)
in November is celebrated on the 18th of November This is Morocco's National Day in recognition of the country's independence. In the last month of the Moroccan year, December they celebrate, Rafsae - olive harvest festival and finally, my Birthday on the 29th :D
Thank you:)

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