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.

The Fasting

Fasting throughout the day is obviously central to the philosophy of Ramadan. While religious observance is moderate in Morocco compared with parts of the Middle east, it is still wise to refrain from eating, drinking and even smoking in public during daylight hours. This said, supermarkets remain open and most restaurants continue to serve food during the fasting hours. There should be no problem ordering food and drink for anyone staying at a tourist hotel.

Eid el-Fitr

As most banks, restaurants, shops and other commercial outlets will be closed for Eid el-Fitr, sightseeing is not great during this three day event. However, as the festival itself is a memorable experience visitors are recommended to observe, if not actually to join in with, the celebrations as the opportunity arises.

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