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...
Category - Culture
Most Moroccans today consider themselves to be Berber or Arab, or a mix of the two. Within these two groups there are unique traditions as well as shared ones. Cultural practices, celebrations, dress and cuisine also vary according to region.
But where did these traditions come from? Although Morocco’s long history has included periods of rule and influence by the Phoenicians, Romans, and Byzantines, it was the Arab Muslims and later the Moors who had the greatest impact on Moroccan culture. These effects are clearly seen in Moroccan architecture, art, as well as in Morocco’s diverse cuisine. Jews, too, as well as the Spanish, brought rich traditions to the Maghreb.
In more recent times the French occupation played a significant role, and thanks to Morocco’s proximity to Europe and advances in technology, modern Western influences are slowly working their way into Moroccan culture as well.