Fall in love with Moroccan culture
Morocco is a country of contrasts: Ancient and modern, Arabs and Berbers, European and African this diversity has characterised its culture as well as its climate. Morocco offers a wide range of rich landscapes that consist of high mountains, deep river valleys, gorges and vast desert. The rich culture and civilisation can be felt at everything in dress styles, crafts, food and music.
Let’s talk a little bit about dress; Moroccan culture is strongly represented in its clothing and the way Moroccans dress. We have a wide variety of moroccan clothing from Djellaba to Kaftan. Moroccan traditional dress for men and women is called “djellaba”; a long, loose, hooded garment with full sleeves. The djellaba has a hood that comes to a point called a “qob”. The qob protects the heads from the sun, from rain or cold especially in hard weather, like the one in the atlas mountains. Traditional djellabas are generally made of two types of material, cotton for summer wear and coarse wool for the winter. The wool is typically obtained from sheep living in the surrounding mountains.
For special occasions; Women wear garnished kaftans. The word kaftan in the Maghreb is commonly used for one piece dress. However, there are typical versions of Moroccan kaftans called Takchita, it is a two piece-dress and a large crafted belt. Kaftans can be worn on both casual and extremely formal occasions, depending on the materials used. The kaftan has served as a symbol of royalty in some cultures and as a symbol of marriage or celebration in others during some parts of history it symbolises freedom and joy as well.
Both men and women, wear “balgha” – soft leather slippers with no heel, often dyed yellow. Women also wear high-heeled sandals, often with silver.
Crafts and Arts
Morocco is precisely famous for its traditional crafts, mainly those using stone, wood, plaster, metal, clay, leather and wool. Most of the craftsmen have inherited handmade craft jobs from their parents. Such jobs have been passed from generation to generation, and the result can be seen in souks markets and in some popular streets in the majority of Moroccan cities.
Traditional craft are practiced throughout Morocco, but the styles and techniques can differ greatly from one region to another.
Moroccan people are among the most hospitable people in the world; they express their hospitality through a huge smile and cups of Mint tea or Milk along with dates, Moreover they will invite you to their houses for feast after having just meeting you.Most classical dishes have their roots in Amazigh and Arabic Cuisine; Moroccans like to cook several different types of dishes using meat Typically beef , lamb, Pigeon meat or chicken the most famous dishes are Couscous, Pastilla, Tajine , Tanjiya, Harira , Maakouda, sea food and fish.
Moroccan cuisine is considered as one of the great cuisines in the world because it abounds with combination of aromatic plants, herbs, spices, nuts, dried fruits, raisins, olives, honey and citrus fruits which make a delicious combination of mouthwatering flavors that make it unique. Also what makes the Moroccan cuisine very rich it’s bearing of other influences by Andalusian Spain, and France and the final result is a world renowned cooking of flavors, textures, and colors