Rabat – The Ministry of Islamic Affairs announced Saturday, April 25 as the first day of Ramadan in Morocco . The ministry’s experts observed the skies today, looking for the crescent moon that would signal the start of the holy month.
The good sides of being in Morocco during Ramadan : The first reason to visit Morocco during Ramadan is that you’ll have the chance to see an event that only happens for one month every year. You’ll get to see a very important part of the Moroccan culture and witness an event that is sacred to Muslims.
Along with fasting and breaking the fast with friends and family, they participate in communal prayers in the mosques and reading of the Quran together. Ramadan is also a time for Muslims to practice self-discipline, sacrifice, and empathy for those less fortunate.
It is illegal for Moroccans to eat and drink in public during Ramadan unless they meet special requirements where they don’t need to fast (such as illness or pregnancy). These rules do not apply to visitors or non-Muslims however if you can avoid doing this on the street.
Yes, you can hug and kiss your partner during Ramadan . Since Muslims are normally allowed to hug, kiss , and have sex, they can continue doing so when the fast is over for the day. Islam doesn’t approve of extra-marital sexual relationships, but if you normally do that anyway you are expected to abstain during Ramadan .
Any Muslim visitor to Morocco will be well aware of Ramadan and the effects that it has on Muslims, but those effects are likely to be felt by all visitors regardless of their religion. This is accentuated when Ramadan occurs in a hot month, which it does in at the moment.
Although Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol , Morocco is a moderate Islamic country and you are likely to feel free to drink in moderation in private or where alcohol is being served. In medinas alcohol cannot be purchased in shops, although many riads and hotels offer it.
Modesty in dress is essential during the holy month, and men and women are expected to dress more modestly during Ramadan . In particular, revealing and tight clothing should be avoided. Women should keep cleavage, knees and shoulders covered out of respect. This includes when people are heading for a night out.
Cultural Guidelines: Moroccan men don’t usually wear shorts . However, as tourists, it will be fine for you to wear shorts . If you want to fit in a little better, then you could consider packing long pants.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar. Healthy adult Muslims fast in Ramadan from dawn until dusk. Other acts of worship such as prayer, reading the Quran and charity are also encouraged during the holy month. Muslims also believe the Quran was revealed in Ramadan .
During Ramadan , Muslims abstain from eating any food, drinking any liquids, smoking cigarettes, and engaging in any sexual activity, from dawn to sunset. That includes taking medication (even if you swallow a pill dry, without drinking any water).
Morocco is a country with a big wealth gap. Haggling and negotiating over the price is an integral part of the Moroccan market experience. However, Morocco is still relatively cheap for many things and can be considered a budget destination if you bear these points in mind.
During this time, practicing Muslims observe a period of fasting during daylight hours. This includes all addictive substances such as vaping , smoking, shisha and smokeless tobacco.
Eid -al-Fitr ( Eid al-Fitr, Eid ul-Fitr, Id-Ul-Fitr, Eid ) is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.