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Explore Moroccan culture, an intriguing mix of Amazigh, Arab, Andalusian. Mediterranean, Islamic, Jewish and other influences.

Throughout Morocco there are shared traditions, but many cultural practices, celebrations, dress and culinary preferences vary according to region.

Ashura in Morocco: A Puzzling Celebration

Mabrouk laawasher (laawacher) is an expression one constantly hears in Morocco during the first ten days of the Islamic year. It means, “Happy ten days.” But the good wishes aren’t for the new year alone. Ten days into the new year, another important day in the Islamic calendar arrives—Ashura. To some, the Day of Ashura (or Achoura) …

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Day of Ashura – Religious Meaning and Moroccan Traditions

In Morocco, there’s no mistaking when the Islamic lunar month of Muharram draws near. It’s the time of year, not long after Eid al Adha, when the startling, noisy blast of firecrackers can be heard throughout the day and into the night. Kids gleefully set them off in celebration of the Islamic new year, which …

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Understanding Islamic Sacrificial Slaughter

Udhiyah and qurbani are interchangeable Arabic terms for the sacrificial slaughter of a sheep, goat, cow or camel as mandated for Muslims during the Islamic holiday of Eid Al-Adha. A sacrificial slaughter is also carried out after the birth of a child, in which case it’s referred to as an aqiqah, and also during the rites …

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Eid Al Adha (Eid Al Kabir) in Morocco – The Festival of the Sacrifice

Muslims worldwide observe two major religious holidays: Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha. The first marks the end of Ramadan while the second culminates the annual hajj season. Of the two, Eida al Adha is regarded as holier and more significant; for that reason it’s also called Eid al Kabir, “the greater festival” or “the …

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Religious Slaughter in Islam – Zabihah or Dhabihah

As part of Islamic dietary guidelines, Muslims adhere to a specific manner of humane religious slaughter called zabihah (or dhabihah) in order to obtain meat that is halal or permissible for them to eat. This method applies to both home slaughters, such as the ritual slaughter associated with Eid al Adha, and commercial slaughters at halal …

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Moroccan Kefta dyal Gharb – A Traditional Recipe for Kefta Connoisseurs

The mention of kefta (ground or minced meat) always bring deep memories of mine to the surface. All of them are related to my father who passed away in 2009.  My family is originally from Fez but had to move to Casablanca for work and studies. Like many Fassis, my parents settled in the big city …

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