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National Holidays

  • January 1st : New Year's Day
  • January 11th : Manifesto of Independance or National Day
  • May 1st : Labor Day
  • May 23rd : National Day
  • July 30th : Feast of the Throne
  • August 20th : King and People's Revolution Day
  • August 21st : Youth Day
  • November 6th : The Green March
  • November 18th : Independence Day

Muslim festivities

Most of the festivities are determined by the lunar calendar, therefore, the dates change every year.

  • The first Moharam : 1st day of the islamic year
  • Achoura : 10th day of the Moharam month
  • Aid El Seghir : celebration also called "Aid El Fitr", that marks the end of Ramadan. It lasts 3 days with exchange of gifts and family outings
  • Aid El Kebir : great celebration also called "Aid El Adha". It is a time of sacrifice, 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan. During the festivities, a sheep is slaughtered to commemorate Abraham's sacrifice.
  • Moloud : observance of the Prophet's birthday

Local festivities and Moussems

Many festivities punctuate the daily life but the most spectacular ones are the Moussems. They bring the crowds to celebrate a saint. These colorful festivities mix the religious as well as the secular. Fantasias, which are equestrians prowess done by arab riders, can sometimes be held.

A few Moussems :

  • Moussem for engaged couples, in September, at Imlil
  • Mossem of Tagourote, at Taliouine
  • Mossem of Gnawas, at Taliouine

Other festivities celebrate a moment in rural life, like the Almond Tree festival at Tfaraoute in February ; the Saffron Festival at the end of October, at Talliouine ; the Rose Festival in May at Kellam'gouna and also the Honey Festival at Imouzzer.

The Souks

The souks, or markets, are rarely for tourists, They are trading and supplying places. They offer, nonetheless, the opportunities to have a glimpse on the every day life of the local population. They usually take place daily.