Etiquette in Dining and Dating:
-A calm and collected attitude gains respect
-Modesty is important, and the national garment is the djellaba
-Dating does not occur in Morocco
-In rural areas, couples may not meet until married
-Urban couples ask their parents permission to marry
-They meet in various situations, but do not date. They have time to be acquainted before they are married.
-No kissing or cuddling in public
-When dining, people wash their hands before and after a meal
-They eat with their hands out of a communal dish
-Only eat with their right hand
-Hosts serve guests and encourage them to eat a lot
-It is impolite for a guest to finish their food before a host
Weddings in Morocco
-Weddings signify a union between families and they have huge expensive weddings
-Lasts 2 days: The first day is for the bride and her girl friends and family to dance and decorate the bride with henna dye and the second day is for the actual wedding.
-2 days before the wedding, the bride and her girl friends and family go to a Hamam as an act of purification
-During the wedding, one tradition is that the couple sits in a Amariya, and 4 strong men carry them and showcase the happy couple.
- Moroccan weddings are usually very vibrant
-The wedding guests take pictures of the couple sitting in 2 comfortable chairs
-The bride can change her outfit up to 7 times during the wedding
This video shows what people look like during weddings and you can hear some of the music they play.
-They bury the deceased within 24 hours
-The body is prepared at home by the family
-Bury the body facing south, in the direction of Mecca
-Islam religion believes that Allah can bring someone back to life if the dead faces the direction of Mecca.
-Judgement day is the ultimate day where Allah decides the fate of the soul
-A couple of days later, family gathers and eats food and a bit of the Koran is read aloud.
-Women wear white while grieving for a loss, and abstain from intercourse for 40 days after a spouse dies.
-Muslims observe Ramadan, a month of fasting and prayer.
-No eating, drinking, or smoking is allowed from dawn to sunset
-Holidays include Aid al Saghir (3 day feast at the end), Aid al Kebir (the feast at the end of the polgrimage to Makkah), and Mouloud (birth of Muhammad)
-Dates change due to lunar calandar
Meals and Typical Foods
-Families eat the main meal together
-Staple meats include chicken, beef, and mutton
-Popular dishes include kefta (ground beef or mutton, seasoned and cooked over charcoal), tajine (meat and veg. stew), and harira (tomato-based soup with beef or mutton, chickpeas, and lentils).
-Couscous is usually eaten on Fridays
-Mint tea is the national drink
-No pork or alcohol is allowed