FEASTS AND FESTIVALS OF MOROCCO
The very word Morocco brings to mind the mysterious and the exotic. The pungent smells of the spice souks, and the sight of people living as they have for hundreds of years remind you that this is a place you will never fully forget, and that your trip to this wonderful country will never end in your mind whenever you go.
There are a couple of big annual events that help visitors unravel the mysteries of Morocco.
Feasts are organized during all seasons, celebrating various local traditions. Festivals are consecrated to the arts and to the popular traditions. "Moussems" are important gathering to pay homage to a special personalities. Do not miss the opportunity to have fun. You can admire fantasias, dances, songs, traditional costumes, and you will participate to the processions and taste the wonderful food.
Camel Feast - Guelmim - July
Asilah Cultural Festival - Asilah - August
Engagement Feast - Imilchil - September: the Imilchil Moussem. This "engagement festival" takes place in the High Atlas Mountains and brings neighboring tribes together with the purpose of marrying off eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.
Horse Festival - Tissa (Fès) - September
Date Feast - Erfoud - October
Sacred Music Festival - Fès - May: The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music highlights everything from Berber trance music to American Gospel in an effort to show musics power to commune with a higher power.
Agadir Festival - Décember
Almond tree blossom - Tafraout - February
Rose Feast - El Kelaâ M'Gouna - May
Wax Candle Feast - Salé - May
Desert Symphony Feast - Ouarzazate - June
Cherry Feast - Séfrou - June
April Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands) Near OuarzazateThe Marathon Des Sables, a grueling six-day, 150-mile footrace across the Sahara Desert near Ouarzazate
Popular Arts Festival - Marrakech - June: The Marrakesh Festival of Popular Arts invites artists, craftsmen, musicians, acrobats, fire swallowers and dancers from every corner of the country to perform at the Ksar el Badi Palace and other locations in the old city.
Moussem of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (near the city of Meknès) - End of July
Moussem of Moulay Abdellah - El Jadida - August