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Traditional Handicrafts Festival, Sponsored by Peace Corps
Almond Blossom Festival
Tafraout/2nd Week in February
The Tafraout Valley, where almond-trees reign supremely, is enchanting to the eye at blossom time. Ranging from immaculate to blushing pink, the blooms do not last for a very long time. This brief existence makes them even more attractive, drawing more and more visitors to face this spectacle.
Wax Lantern Festival
Sale/Eve of Mouloud
The white town of Sale, twin sister of Rabat on the Bouregreg estuary, has preserved one of Morocco's most picturesque traditions; the wax lantern procession or 'Mawkib Esh Shomouaa'. The procession is said to date back to the Barbary period in Sale, when the Corsairs carried wax lanterns in procession to the sanctuary of Sidi Abdallah Ben Hassoun, the town's patron to implore his protection before a long voyage. This tradition has become a beautiful and entertaining event.
Kelaa of M’Gouna (Ourzazate Province)/Mid-May
In this grandiose setting, the day is marked by numerous events like folk-dancing and singing, handicrafts exhibitions, ‘Diffa’-banquets in tents, flower-decked floats, the election of Miss Rose, camel-rides and a splendid excursion by bus from Ourzazate down the Valley of the Roses.
Sefrou (the Fez Province)/June June
A three-days’ festival of entertainment full of numerous sporting competitions, a fantasia, a torch-light procession, fairground and finally the election of Miss Cherry with a parade by her cortege.
Rafai (Fez Province))/Mid-December
A very pretty festival where one can see the traditional olive-picking ceremony, numerous 'Diffa' feasts and folklore events in a surprisingly vast area of olive groves.
Imouzer of Ida Ou Tanane (Agadir Province)/ In the beginning of May (Early May)
Argana is said to be the largest collective beehive in the world and also one of the most curious because of its construction, history and the way it is run. Most of the hives are made of split reed cylinders covered with clay. With the aid of a smoking brazier made out of baked earth, the bees and their queen are made to crawl out of the hive into a basket so that the honey can be classified as a historic monument.
Festival of Fiances
Imilchl Moussem/ 4th Week in September
Imilchl is a small high Atlas village at an altitude of 8,430 feet. For the young men and girls of the area, it is a tradition to get married on the day of the Moussem in ancient times. A holy man uses to bless the betrothed at Abdgoul and the legend goes that they will remain happy for the rest of their lives. The Finance Festival is staged on the site of the tomb of the old wise man, who is venerated in the High Atlas. It is a time for some 30,000 people from the mountains to assemble in tents for three days with their flocks, horses and camels. It is an occasion for the young girls to wear and show their finery, and their sumptuous silver jewelry and to dance the day and night away under the sun and the stars.
This magnificent festival is held annually in the Erfoud area where nearly a million date-palms grow. There is grown a wide range of types of dates. Take for instance the majestic palm-tree, waving lazily in the warm breeze providing shade and a livelihood. The peasants who cultivate them rely on them for almost everything.
Tissa (the Fez Province)/October
The picturesque center of Tissa, located a few miles off the main road in the Fez province, is the site of a gigantic competition between the various horse breeds. Every year in October, hundreds of riders assemble wearing their finery to present their mounts. Prize-giving and festivities create a very animated scene.
Festival of Fantasia
Meknes/Beginning of September
This event offers thousands of horsemen and their mounts a chance to meet and display their skills. This festival has become a huge success.
Tissa/Ending of September
This event is dedicated 100% to porcelin dolls, china jewlry, and other porcelin items. There will be demenstrations of how porcelin objects are made, painting porcelin, engraving porcelin, and other porcelin activities.
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Ending of september.
There will be shows dedicate to Porcelin dolls, china, jewlry, and other porcelin iteams. There will be demonstations on how to make, paint, and ingrave porcelin items.
Camel Festival Morocco
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The people of Goulimine hold the Camel Festival once a year on top of their weekly Camel Fair that takes place every Saturday....The festival also offers the opportunity to witness the ritual dance of the Guedra music.
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The bustling city of Marrakech manages to cram in even more popular sights and sounds than it boasts already during the Marrakech Popular arts Festival. During this annual festival, the Djemaa el-Fna square and surrounding locations become the al-fresco venues for a wide variety of traditional folk arts from all over Morocco.
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Gnawa of Morocco
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This annual festival in Essaouira Morocco is a 4 day celebration of the music of the descendants of African slaves of the country. The town itself, on the Atlantic Coast, should be visited regardless because of its relaxed atmosphere, wonderful instruments, herb/spice souks, and other local products like the Argan Nut Oil, as well as its ramparts, and lovely beach with countless fresh fish stalls. The festival itself is quite lively and popular with the youth of the country and the music is very unique. Chiming cymbals, twangy string instruments complement more..