Traditional Moroccan Festivals and Events
Traditional Festivals and events in Morocco take place throughout the year, celebrating local traditions, customs and arts.
Moroccan Festivals focus on arts and popular traditions, Moussems are important gatherings paying homage to holy saints. Fantasias are enactments of traditional war exercises on horseback.
See below for a guide to cultural and religious holidays and festivals in Morocco.
Where: Imouza of Ida Ou Tanane – Agadir province
Held every year in May, the honey festival celebrates the region’s primary product. The festival is held in the hills just north of Agadir in Imouzzer des Ida Outanane.
Wax Candle Festival
The Wax Candle festival is held in the white town of Sale, just north of Rabat, on the Bouregreg Estuary each year in May. This traditional festival is said to date back to the Barbary period when the corsairs carried wax lanterns in procession to the town’s patron saint.
Where: Séfrou – Fez Province
This 3 day festival in the Fez province, includes the torch light parade, many competitions, fantasia, and Miss Cherry Competition.
Asilah Cultural Festival
High in the Atlas Mountains, the small village of Imilchil hosts the famous annual engagement and marriage festival. Each year families from the neighbouring areas come together to socialise and celebrate the end of the harvest in late August/ early September.
The spectacular horse festival held in Tissa every year in October about an hours drive from the city of Fez. The event brings competitors from the region to compete and display their equestrian skills.
When: September (harvest time)
This annual festival celebrates the date palm harvest. It is the primary product in the region, which much of the local population cultivate.
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