Ramadan is one of the most important Islamic holidays, a month-long holiday that is celebrated every year. The Islamic calendar follows the lunar pattern and that means every year, Ramadan moves 10 days in the Gregorian calendar. You can expect that many Muslims from around the world including Moroccans living abroad to come back for a visit.
There will surely be a lot of people visiting Morocco in this time of the year and you are probably thinking twice about your plan to travel to the country. However, there really is no reason for you to postpone your plans. But since it is a hectic time of the year, what you need to do before you begin your trip is to familiarize yourself about Ramadan and how this particular Islamic holiday will affect your trip.
What Ramadan Means for a Traveler like You?
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims all fast. From sunrise to sunset, they all do not take food and water. In the evenings, they break their fast together with family and friends. In the following day, they wake up early to eat a meal before they begin another day of fasting. Ramadan is a time for reflection and a very important tradition of Muslims.
Traveling to Morocco during this time gives you a great opportunity to see Islamic and Moroccan traditions up close. It is a great opportunity for you to see aspects of Moroccan and Islamic culture that you wouldn’t experience at any other time. If you are interested in the unique cultures of Muslims, you wouldn’t want to miss seeing the very special time that Ramadan for Muslims all over the world.
Things to Expect in Traveling to Morocco during Ramadan
Now, there are a few things you need to know before your trip to Morocco this time of the year to ensure that you don’t impede with their celebration and so you can enjoy as well. So here are some of the things for you to expect:
– Muslims really don’t eat for a long time in the day but it’s completely normal so there’s no need to be worried. Also, children still eat and pregnant and nursing mothers are excused from fasting.
– Smoking in public is prohibited because this can break people’s fast. The fact is, deprived smokers are the crankiest fasters and that’s not a good experience for you.
– The city fires canons every day during Ramadan to mark the beginning and end of every fasting day so don’t be alarmed if you hear one.
– During Ramadan, the nights are actually the real days. During the nights, every major mosque are full of people saying their night prayers and after that, you can enjoy the streets, shops and cafes that come back to life again.
These are only a few of the wonderful things that you can expect during Ramadan in Morocco. Really, visiting the country at this time of the year will let you experience many wonderful things which you never would have experienced at any other time of the year.