THE ISLAMIC FESTIVITIES IN MOROCCO CONFORM TO THE MOON CALENDAR
Festivities of the Islamic Calendar in Morocco
Ramadan, the month of fasting, lasts 30 days. During this time the believers are not allowed to eat, drink, smoke or having sex from sunrise to sunset. Please respect the fasting and avoid eating, drinking and smoking in public.
At Ramadan life goes slowly, but until late night the Muslims are very busy. During Lenten Season public life is completely adapted to this other rhythm. Opening hours of public facilities are normally from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Restaurants open mostly in the evening. As soon as the sun sets sirens sound everywhere. They announce the end of the fasting for this day.
2020: 23. April – 23. May
2021: 12. April – 11. May
2022: 02. April – 02. May
2023: 23. March – 21. April
2024: 11. March – 10. April
The dates can differ about 1 day optional to the region.
Aid Es-Seg Hir
Ramadan closes with this sacrifice feast and ten cannon shots. On this day a big banquet takes place.
The sacrifice feast Aid El-Kebir closes the pilgrimage month. Any family who can afford to slaughter at least one mutton, sharing it with the needy. The tradition is to buy the muttons one week before in order to keep them on the rooftops or even inside the house until Aid El-Kebir. In the morning of the feast-day they are slaughtered with a ceremony.
Moussem of Moulay Idriss
This Moussem in Moulay Idriss near Volubilis, takes place at three successive weekends from mid-September onwards.
Rass El-Ain is the Islamic New Year’s Eve.
Achoura commemorates the death of the martyr Hussein during the conflict about the real successors of the Prophet. For children it is like European Christmas with lots of presents. (28.4.)
The candle feast in Salé is celebrated on the eve of El Mouloud. The honourables of the trade guilds carry candles through town in a procession. The candles are being placed at the Marabout of Sidi Abdallah ben Hassoun, the saint of Salé. At the end the whole quarter celebrates.
El Mouloud is the birthday of the Prophet and is celebrated in a 2-days family feast.