Ramadan, the ninth month of the Hijri calendar (a lunar calendar), is considered the holiest month in the Islamic faith. Through stringent fasting, discipline, introspection, and prayer, Muslims elevate their level of spiritual and physical submission to Allah, express their gratitude, and seek his forgiveness.
It is believed that during this month Allah revealed the holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. As a way of honouring this auspicious period of time, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, any form of violence, anger, and also husband-wife intimacy from the breaking of dawn until the setting of the sun. Reading the Quran and making a charitable donation (Zakat-al-Fitr) are also encouraged.
So, as we prepare to welcome the holiest of months, here are the dates, calendar, and guide to spending Ramadan 2021 in Morocco.
Ramadan dates and calendar 2021
The beginning of Ramadan is subject to the sighting of the moon and hence, there is some degree of uncertainty involved. However, it can be estimated by Muslim scholars and authorities by observing the appearance and cycle of the moon.
In 2021, Ramadan is expected to start from Monday, April 12, and will last until Wednesday, May 12. The month-long festivities will culminate with Eid-Al-Fitr. The exact date of Eid depends on the new moon, so it is better to confirm with your local mosque.
Iftar in Morocco is the time to gorge on lip-smacking dishes, ranging from preparations of couscous, Harira and dates, to continental savories including pizza, and Fresh Milk
In the days leading up to the holy month, family members come together to make traditional Moroccan sweets like Chbakiya , Briwat a triangle-shaped sweet filled with nuts/almonds and honey, quite similar to Turkish and Greek Baklava. Though the recipes differ from region to region and household to household, the zeal and love which go into making them remain the same everywhere.
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