Events in Morocco

Event Occurs Description
Rose Festival May Rose Festival at El Kella des M’Gouna
Fez Sacred Music Festival June International musicians flock to Fez to take part in the festivities, with music ranging from local chants to gypsy music. there will be concerts, Sufi nights, workshops to raise awareness and art exhibitions that reflect a desire to encompass various aspects of culture.
Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival June A celebration of the mystical traditional music of the Gnaouas.
Cherry Festival June Held in Serfou, Fez – Cherry harvest time is celebrated with music, dance and a colourful market.
Marrakech Popular Arts Festival July Traditional folklore performances take place in various parts of the city, including Place Djemaa El Fnaa and El Badi Palace.
Feast of the Throne July The day that King Mohammed Vi’s ascended to the throne is celebrated throughout the country.
Camel Festival July Held in Tan Tan, Goulimine this yearly festival has become more of a tourist attraction than an actual trading market, however it is fascinating to visit and there is also a chance to see the local dance ritual of the Guedra.
Imilchil Marriage Feast August Every year local Berber tribes congregate for what is in effect a large blind date, giving men and women the chance to meet partners from another tribe and resulting in up to 40 couples marry on one day.
Erfoud Date Feast October Erfoud is home to Morocco’s date producing area. When crops are harvested there are traditional processions, music and dance, culminating in the “Miss Date” beauty parade.
Day of the Sacrifice ‘Eid al-Adha’ Festival December/January Held throughout Morocco the festivities mark the end of the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca and is an important feast day for all Muslims. Animals are sacrificed and the meat donated to the poor.
Dakka Marrakchia Festival February Held in Marrakech this traditional music festival is a tribute to the ‘Sabaatou Rijal’ – the city’s seven spiritual patrons.
Tarfaoute Almond Tree Blossom Festival February Tafraoute is at the centre of the almond growing area of Morocco. The trees are at their best in full blossom and are celebrated in Traditional style with music, dance and storytelling.
Sale Wax Lantern Procession April This annual event celebrates the towns origins as a once pirate port with a rather dubious reputation. Men wearing pirate clothing and carrying wax lanterns form a procession to Zaouia – the Muslim shrine to Sidi Abdallah Ben Hassoun.
Ramadan Variable Ramadan is the month of fasting and celebration dates vary each year. At this time offices, museums and cultural sites operate reduced hours, however this generally does not affect the traveller too much. Ramadan finishes with a 3 day celebration of feasting called Eid el-Fitr, a National Holiday. Eid al-Adha, a 3-day feast and National Holiday, marks the time of the pilgrimage to Mecca.
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