20 things to know about Morocco
Morocco is a country of traditions. Here modernity is always combined with the past. The way of life and the social organization remain intimately linked to habits and customs. For the tourists, the change of scenery is always there. When one enters the old city, another world opens up.
Here are some of the things you need to know about Morocco before getting lost in the narrow streets of the Medina :
1. Mint tea is consumed at any time of the day. It is always offered willingly. Do not refuse it!
2. Tangia is a typical dish of Moroccan cuisine and only in Marrakech, prepared only by men. Artisans or commercials, they prepare this dish the day before resting to consume it in the framework of an outing in the nature called “N’zaha”.
3. Couscous is the national dish. It is customary to serve it especially on Fridays for lunch.
4. Moroccan soup is the main dish during Ramadan.
5. Tipping is traditional in cafes.
6. In society, it is advisable to avoid talking about politics, religion, the King and sex.
7. If you are invited to someone’s home, it is customary to take off your shoes. You should never enter the room with your shoes on.
8. Fez is one of the oldest cities in Morocco. It is the birthplace of the country’s great families.
9. Inch Allah (“God willing”) is said to trust fate in a given situation.
10. In the narrow alleys of the souks, if someone says “BALAK” to you, step aside and let them pass.
11. The color of mourning in Morocco is white. Widows wear white for 4 months and 10 days.
12. The traditional costume in Morocco is the Djellaba.
13. The hammam, which means “hot water” in Arabic, is a religious ritual but it is also a sanitary habit that is deeply rooted in daily life. It is customary to go there once a week.
14. Moroccans are known for their generosity and hospitality, most often selfless. Receive them wholeheartedly.
15French is the third language in Morocco after Arabic and Tamazight.
16. The elderly represent wisdom and experience. They are highly respected.
17. In Morocco, baptism is done on the 7th day after the birth of the baby.
18. The most famous square in Morocco is the famous Jamea el Fna square in Marrakech.
19. A riad is a traditional house built around a central patio with trees.
20. The national soccer team is called the Atlas Lions.