The Unique Atmosphere of Eid Al Fitr in Morocco

By Soukaina LahlouRabat – Around the Muslim world, Islamic celebrations are the most anticipated days of the hijri year.This fact holds particularly true for Eid Al Fitr, the day marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In Morocco, food is quite peculiar on that day. It has a prominent role in the celebration of the special occasion.Near the end of Ramadan, many Moroccan families start getting busy in the preparation of sweets, cookies, and pastries. Others choose to buy them ready-made from local bakeries.The most important point is that they need to be on the table, because certain types of food are quite central to Moroccan culture.After Eid prayers, families receive their neighbors, relatives and friends with complete Moroccan hospitality by offering green mint tea, an indispensable element, before and after eating.It’s Moroccan etiquette to welcome guests and express generosity with tea cups followed by a variety of traditional Moroccan sweets.The following dishes are among the common choices to be prepared for an Eid lunch or dinner: couscous dishes, lamb dishes, lamb or beef with prunes, chicken with preserved lemons, and olives.

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