Special Occasions in Morocco
Special Occasions in Morocco
New Year’s Eve:
Spending the end of December in Morocco has its own taste. We offer a very special schedule during the New Year’s period, for both individuals and groups at large. If you want to try a different atmosphere for your new year’s celebration, we recommend going to the Sahara Desert for this occasion. The staff in our hotel-bivouac partner is in charge of arranging the necessary logistics and materials for welcoming guests. New Year’s night amid the spectacular landscapes of sand dunes and shiny stars will let you enjoy the last moment of the year in a remarkable way.
If you wish to experience your new year’s eve with us, please book as earlier as possible, so that we can secure you a place in advance.
This annual festival takes place around June in the coastal town of Essaouira (170 Kms from Marrakech). It was launched in 1998 as a response to many artistic and cultural demands of Gnaoua music genre. It is a perfect combination of the Black African’s music and other western styles, including Jazz and Regga. The festival attracts several music pioneers in America, Africa and Europe.
Festival of Roses
The festival of roses is an ancient tradition. It is held each May in Kalaat Mgouna, on Dades valley. This unique festivity is celebrated at the harvest season of roses picked from Dades valley. It includes crafts exhibitions of the region, as well as roses productions of cosmetics and medical recipes. The main features of it are the fantasy horse riding and local queen of roses who is elected by a jury at the final day.
Festival of Marriage
The festival is held annually in Imilchil, a chain of villags at the heart of Atlas Mountains. Young girls and boys of the region gather at this period for a collective betrothal amid spectacular traditions and local customs. This occasion is a tribute to an old legend which tells the story of two lovers of enemy tribes, and that the two lovers cried tears for the grief of not being able to get married till tears come two lakes, “Isli” and “Tislit” signifying “groom” and “bride”. The festival involves local rituals of local men and women dressing colourfully and playing Ahidous songs and dances.
Okaimedden Ski Park
Okaimedden hill-side is situated 75 Kms from Marrakech, in the High Atlas Mountains. It is famous for some seasonal winter games. On Junuary-February, this park witnesses numerous visitors whose passion is “touching snow and enjoying the white blanket on land”. It is very Unique for Morocco as being a North African country, to have such winter parks where a variety of Ski games can be practiced for both professional and fun. The resort of Okaimeden is a great place to spend the weekend and winter holidays.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. It is deemed the month of fasting for muslims around the world. This holy month is observed through a set of activities which constitute God worshiping. Muslims stop eating, drinking, or committing sinful acts from sunrise to sunset, while all of that is allowed during the night. This occasion is also an opportunity to strengthen social relationships through exchanging of visits and giving charity.
Why travelling during Ramadan?
Travelling to Morocco during Ramadan could be a challenge and a great experience to remember. It is unlikely that you find open restaurants or snacks in the day-light. But shops and Souks are open three hours or less before sunset (fast breaking time). Ramadan experience will give you a valuable idea about the true essence of fasting and explore the many rituals involved within. Most importantly, visiting Morocco during Ramadan will let you immerse into local communities and their way of observance.
To attend a festival or visit Morocco during an occasion, please contact us telling about your trip in details (number of days, travelers …)