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December in Marrakech – dates for your diary

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Visitors to Marrakech in December can expect, on average, a remarkable 7 hours of sunshine per day. Thus, although one can also expect occasional light rain, albeit only 30 mm per month, daytime temperatures are typically around 19 ͦ  with a night time minimum of around 5 ͦ , another reason, no doubt, why Christmas shoppers are much in evidence at this time of year. Sunshine and shopping apart, here are some other reasons to visit Marrakech in December.

December in Marrakech – religious festival

The 12th of December is the day of ‘Eid Al Mawled’, or ‘Mawlid’, an important religious festival celebrating the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (born 570 AD). Declared an official holiday by the Ottomans in 1588, it is also a public holiday in Morocco, the day being marked by recitals of Koranic verses and religious lectures.

December in Marrakech – secular Event

The Transnational Moroccan Cinema Conference scheduled to run from the 4th to the 7th of December, is an international symposium seeking to examine the global circulation of film as a cultural and industrial art form, especially those which deal with ethnic communities and experiences of migration and exile.

16th Marrakech International Film Festival

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November in Marrakech 2016– dates for the diary

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Although temperatures drop significantly to range between 11 and 23 degrees, November is still mild enough (and, compared with northern Europe, also dry) for a relaxing, quiet holiday in Marrakech with an average of seven hours daily sunshine. Furthermore, several sporting events and major international conferences are taking place in Marrakech.

November in Marrakech – Public Holidays

There are no major Islamic religious festivals this month but Morocco celebrates two important public holidays, namely:

Green March Day: November 6th is Green March Day commemorating the date in 1975 when some 350,000 unarmed Moroccans converged on the southern city of Tarfaya to protest against the occupation of the Western Sahara by Spain.

Independence Day: Morocco’s ‘Fete de l’Independence’, Eid Al Istiqulal, is celebrated on the 18th of November to mark the return from exile of King Mohammed and the declaration of independence from France in 1956.

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October 2016 in Marrakech – Dates to Note

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

With an average of 28 degrees, temperatures in Marrakech are appreciably lower than the still very warm 33 degrees of September which is why this is one of the most popular months of the year, not least for the 8 hours of average daily sunshine! At 23mm per month, rainfall is still minimal. Still, rain or shine, there is definitely plenty going on in terms of festivals and events.

October in Marrakech – Religious Festivals

Fatih Muharram. 02.10.2016

The month starts out with Fatih Muharram (or Awal Muharram), the Islamic New Year, on the 2nd of October. Coinciding with the prophet’s journey from Mecca to Medina in 622AD, the day is marked by celebrations less exuberant than those of cultures using different calendars. Here, the New Year is a time for reflection on one’s own mortality and the passing of time, observed through religious meetings, sermons and spiritual singing at mosques and public halls throughout the day.

Ashura, 10/11.10.2016

This Day of Remembrance, observed for different reasons by Shia and Sunni Muslims, is celebrated differently not only in different areas of the world but also from one region of Morocco to the next. What most Ashura celebrations in Morocco have in common, however, is that participants enjoy a sense of solidarity through worship and even humour, collectively. (more…)

Marrakech in July 2016 – Scorching Dates for Your Diary

Monday, June 13th, 2016

With temperatures ranging between 21C and 37C, July is, alongside August, the hottest month of the year in Marrakech, both in terms of the searing dry heat and its popular festivals.

National and Religious Holidays

There are two religious festivals in July, the first of which, Lailat al Kadr, takes place on Friday, July 1st. Commemorating the night on which the Koran was originally revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, this ‘Night of Power’ is considered to be the Muslim year’s holiest event.

Eid al-Fitr

The second, equally important religious festival taking place in July is Eid al-Fitr, which sees Muslims around the world celebrating the end of the month of Ramadan by visiting friends and family and exchanging gifts. There are also numerous parades and street parties.

Eid al Arch

Eid al Arch, the ‘Feast of the Throne’, is a National Holiday marking the succession of King Mohammed VI from his father Hassan II. Held annually on the 30th of July, this day is celebrated with cavalcades (parades or processions on horseback), feasts and fireworks.

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Hot Diary Dates for June in Marrakech 2016

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

With temperatures between 17 C (night time lows) and 31 (daily highs) and very little rain, Marrakech gets rather hot in June. While keeping out of the searing midday sun is recommended (there are some wonderful historic sites, museums and verdant gardens to keep cool in), June sees a series of festivals and events.

Ramadan, 06/06/2016 – 05/07/2016

The 6th of June marks the beginning of Ramadan, the month of fasting concluding with the Eid el-Fitr feast day on the 5th of July. While business continues pretty much ‘as usual’ in the squares and souks of Marrakech, and restaurants, gardens, museums and palaces remain open, it is wise to remember that you are visiting a Muslim country at a particularly holy time in the Islamic calendar and that there are certain rules one should observe out of courtesy for local residents.

Fes Sacred Musical Festival, 13/06/2016 – 21/06/2016

One of Morocco’s most important cultural events, the Sacred Music Festival in Fes celebrates and promotes the relationship between spirituality and the arts, although the spectrum of performances is actually much wider than that. Local as well as celebrated international artists representing many different cultures from around the world, are on display with outstanding performances of music and dance.

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Visiting Marrakech During Ramadan

About Ramadan

Dates for the holy month of Ramadam vary from year to year but in 2016 observance of this most important of Muslim traditions begins on 6th June and ends with the festival of Eid el-Fitr on July the 5th. Ramadan is observed through daily fasting from dawn until sunset when communities come alive as the faithful gather to dine en famille. Eid el-Fitr, the three-day festival marking the end of Ramadan, is celebrated with more feasting, music and dancing.

While, in Morocco, business carries on pretty much as usual at this time, especially as far as foreign tourists are concerned, there are some things they should be aware of.

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May – early summer in Marrakech and beyond

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

With at least 10 hours of sunshine per day, only 20 mm of rainfall (typically falling over just 3 days) and temperatures at an average 21˚c (from night time 14˚c to daily highs around 27˚c), the month of May really kicks off summer, contrasting markedly with the cooler climate of most of northern Europe. Once again, tourists have an array of festivals to enjoy.

Kelaa-des-Mgouna Rose Festival, 2nd Weekend in May

Celebrating the coming into flower of Marrakech’s thousands of roses, the Rose Festival takes place over two days within the souk area of Kelaa-des-Mgouna, the desert town location of the largest of Morocco’s rose water distillery plants. Festivities include a parade of colourful, flower-decorated floats accompanied by traditional Berber music, dancing, singing and sword-juggling displays; in addition, there is the election and crowning of this year’s Rose Queen and sale of lots of delicious local food. Camel rides and excursions to the lovely Valley of Roses are also available.

Gnaoua World Music Festival, 12/05/2016 -15/05/2016

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Events to enjoy in April in Marrakech and Morocco

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Well into the Moroccan springtime, April sees around 10 hours of daily sunshine, very little rain (barely 30 mm throughout the entire month, most of it falling over just a few days) and average temperatures hovering around 18˚ C (lows of 12˚ C and highs of 24˚ C). At this time of year the tourist season is in full swing, as reflected by the number of festivals and other events.

Grand Prix Hassan II, 04/04/2016 – 10/04/2016

One of the main April events is the Grand Prix Hassan II tennis tournament. Held in nearby Casablanca, this clay court ATP World Tour competition, the 32nd, will once again see the attendance of some of the world’s top professionals.

Marathon des Sables, 08.04.2016 – 18/04/2016 

April is also the month of the world renowned ‘Marathon des Sables’, the ‘Sand Marathon’ which attracts hundreds of runners each year to a unique challenge over 150 miles of desert terrain in 6 gruelling stages:

  • IRHS to Khermou, 18.02 miles/29 km
  • Khermou to Jebel El Otfal, 22.06 miles/35.5 km
  • Jebel El Otfal to Taourirt Mouchanne, 24.85 miles/40 km
  • Taourirt Mouchanne to Oued El Jdaid, 51.08 miles/82.2 km
  • Oued El Jdaid to Erg Znaigui, 26.22 miles/42.2 km
  • Erg Znaigui to Merzouga, 13.11 miles/21.1 km

Alwan’Art, 15/04/2016 – 19/04/2016

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The Marrakech International Marathon

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Marrakech International Marathon 2016, in January, is one of the world’s most prestigious and an important tourist attraction. Hosted in Marrakech under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, this year’s race, the 26th edition of the event, is preceded on the 30th by a ‘Welcome Race’ and the ‘Kids’ Race’ at 10:00 and 10:30 respectively (from the Marathon Village). 

 Main Races

The starting point for the two main events, the half marathon and marathon itself, is on Menara Avenue on the 31st January at 08:00 and 09:30 respectively.

The Circuit

Predominantly flat (with some modest inclines in the Palmeraie district) and thus one of the fastest, the IAAF-approved circuit covers the regulation 42.2 km (marathon) and 21.1km (half marathon) taking participants and spectators along city ramparts and some of the most attractive parts of the city’s residential areas, through the Menara and Agdal Gardens, past ancient monuments s well as olive and orange groves.

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January 2016 in Marrakech

Monday, December 21st, 2015

While winter in much of the northern hemisphere is characterised by cold, wet and often snowy conditions the climate of southern Morocco is comparatively mild, indeed pleasantly warm during a large part of each day. Average maximum daily temperatures hover around 18° (warm enough to enjoy relaxing by the pool) while night time lows are seldom below 5°. Taken together with some 7 hours of sunshine per day and pretty modest rainfall (25 mm), January can be a great month to visit Marrakech if you fancy avoiding the crowds while profiting from low season prices.

January Events

Proclamation of Independence – January 11th is Morocco’s Independence Day when the nation marks the formal separation from colonial France in 1956. Some businesses will be closed on this day in observation of this national holiday

Aid al-Mawlid – 24th January is the birthday of the prophet Mohammad. Mosques are busy, of course but, again, many businesses will be closed.

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