Mini Guide to Morocco

Kelaa-des-Mgouna Rose Festival

Kelaa-des-Mgouna Rose is an oasis town located in the Dade Valley, also known as the Valley of the Roses. During three days in May, the rose harvest is celebrated with several stalls selling huge amounts of flowers and rose parades around the town. Visitors will also see traditional songs and dances, as well as the famous Miss Roses pageant.

Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

As with most Muslim countries, Morocco also keeps Ramadan, the month where Muslims abstain from physical needs, food, and drinks throughout the day. The idea is to purify the soul and practice self-sacrifice. At the end of the month, the country celebrates Eid al-Fitr, which lasts for many days and involves a lot of feasting. Though travelers are not expected to fast, they should refrain from eating and drinking in public.

People and Culture

The Moroccan culture is fascinating, and travelers will probably need a long time to fully appreciate its nuances — such as the utmost respect for the elderly and the sick. Don’t forget that, like other Muslim countries, you should always shake hands with the right hand as the left is considered unclean. The people are extremely generous, so it’s important to leave any preconceptions behind before exploring this wonderful country.

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