Mausems and Festival of Morocco
      The kingdom of Morocco is a country with and old abstract and rich tradition and
 culture. Many ethnic races, Canaanites, Latins,  Vandals and Arabs,
 subsequently, joined the former Amazigh or the Berbers. The result was a heterogeneous 
population, and a multilingual culture and tradition which shaped a colorful mozaic
assembly. Because of its ethnic and  geographic diversity, each Moroccan region
celebrates its mausem or festival, according to the tradition and culture developed
by its inhabitants,to commemorate an event or ocurrence, some dating back to
dark periods of human history. Many of these traditional celebrations have mobile
dates, as per lunar calender, and are adjusted according to some coincidences,such as 
the celebration of holy muslim feastes, such as Abraham's Aid al Adha, Hijra Muslim new year, etc.


These are some of the most important mausems and the date and region of their celebration.


 Tafraout Almond-trees festival/2nd Week in February
The Tafraout Valley, where almond-trees reign supremely, is enchanting to the eye at blossom time. Ranging from immaculate to blushing pink, the blooms do not last for a very long time. This brief existence makes them even more attractive, drawing more and more visitors to face this spectacle. Wax Lantern Festival Sale/Eve of Mouloud
The white town of Sale, twin sister of Rabat on the Bouregreg estuary, has preserved one of Morocco's most picturesque traditions; the wax lantern procession or 'Mawkib Esh Shomoue'. The procession is said to date back to the Barbary period in Sale, when the Corsairs carried wax lanterns in procession to the sanctuary of Sidi Abdellah Ben Hassoun, the town's patron to implore his protection before a long voyage. This tradition has become a beautiful and entertaining event. Rose Festival Kelaat of M’Gouna (Ourzazate Province)/Mid-May In this grandiose setting, the day is marked by numerous events like folk-dancing and singing, handicrafts exhibitions, ‘Diffa’-banquets in tents, flower-decked floats, the election of Miss Rose, camel-rides and a splendid excursion down the Valley of the Roses. Cherry Festival Sefrou (the Fez Province)/June June
A three-days’ festival of entertainment full of numerous sporting competitions, a fantasia, a torch-light procession, fairground and finally the election of Miss Cherry with a parade by her cortege. Honey Festival
Imouzer of Ida Ou Tanane (Agadir Province)/ In the beginning of May (Early May)

Argana is said to be the largest collective beehive in the world and also one of the most curious because of its construction, history and the way it is run. Most of the hives are made of split reed cylinders covered with clay. With the aid of a smoking brazier made out of baked earth, the bees and their queen are made to crawl out of the hive into a basket so that the honey can be classified as a historic monument.

Festival of Fiances or the Legend of Isli and Tislit

Imilchl Moussem/ 4th Week in September

Imilchl is a small high Atlas village at an altitude of 8,430 feet. For the young men
and girls of the area, it is a tradition to get married on the day of the Moussem in ancient times. A holy man uses to bless the betrothed at Abdgoul and the legend goes that they will remain happy for the rest of their lives. The Finance Festival is staged on the site of the tomb of the old wise man, who is venerated in the High Atlas. It is a time for some 30,000 people from the mountains to assemble in tents for three days with their flocks, horses and camels. It is an occasion for the young girls to wear and show their finery, and their sumptuous silver jewelry and to dance the day and night away under the sun and the stars.

Date Festival Erfoud/Early October

This magnificent festival is held annually in the Erfoud area where nearly a million date-palms grow. There is grown a wide range of types of dates. Take for instance the majestic palm-tree, waving lazily in the warm breeze providing shade and a livelihood. The peasants who cultivate them rely on them for almost everything.

Horse Festival Tissa (the Fez Province)/October

The picturesque centre of Tissa, located a few miles off the main road in the Fez province, is the site of a gigantic competition between the various horse breeds. Every year in October, hundreds of riders assemble wearing their finery to present their mounts. Prize-giving and festivities create a very animated scene.

Camel Festival: Goulimine/Tan Tan road/ July

The people of Goulimine hold the Camel Festival once a year on top of their weekly Camel Fair that takes place every Saturday....The festival also offers the opportunity to witness the ritual dance of the Guedra music.The Guedra is the ancient dance ritual associated with Goulimine. It is performed by a woman to the beat of a drum made of a kitchen pot (guedra) and the chanting and clapping of onlookers. The dance often induces a hypnotic state and is carried out to serve as a blessing or to submit oneself to God

 

 

 

 

 



     
 
        
 
    
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