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Explore Moroccan culture, an intriguing mix of Berber, Arab and other influences. Throughout Morocco there are shared traditions, but many cultural practices, celebrations, dress and culinary preferences vary according to region.


Flames of a bonfire burn bright orange in the dark. Wood can be seen through the flames.

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...

Walnuts, almonds and dates are mounded into a Moroccan serving dish.

Day of Ashura 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...

Small herd of sheep grazing on dry, flat field in Morocco. A man with a hat and long stick watches over them.

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...