Festivals and Events
As a predominantly Muslim country Morocco observes Islamic holidays though Morocco is also home to a number of world-class cultural festivals. To help plan when best to visit here's a guide to festivals and events that take place each year.
Ramadan will start on Monday the 6th of June and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday the 5th of July. Moroccans will visit their local mosque more regularly and read as much of the Koran as possible, fasting during the daylight hours. At night you will find a very festive atmosphere especially in major cities with people heading out after breaking their fast to coffee shops, sporting clubs or big hotels. At this time of year services are affected with reduced opening hours and traffic can choke the streets as people return home in preparation for breaking the fast.
International Nomads Festival
Scheduled each March for four days the International Nomads Festival brings together music, theatre, storytelling and folk art in specially constructed tents out in the desert near M'hamid. A number of performances are held in the open-air also.
Gnaoua and World Music Festival
The increasingly popular Gnaoua and World Music Festival takes place in the attractive coastal town of Essaouira each year with free public concerts of international music and the best of Morocco's Gnaoua music.
Held in Tangier this festival showcases world-class jazz performers from around the globe with performances held in a number of hotels across the city.
Each year in the Dades Valley a festival is held to mark the harvesting of some 700 tonnes of rose petals. A Rose Queen is chosen, delicious food is served and local Berber tribes sing, dance and play traditional music.
Geminids Meteor Shower
This incredible display is caused by falling debris from an object that many believe to be an asteroid, making the Geminids Meteor Shower
the only one not to be caused by a comet. The slow-moving shower of meteors can be seen in December with the most intense displays mid-December.
Migration of the Berbers
Twice a year Morocco's native Berber tribes undertake an arduous journey from the edge of the Sahara Desert to sacred pastures in the Atlas mountains, a path that has been trodden by their ancestors for thousands of years. Hundreds of cattle are moved in May and September each year.