10 curiosities you didn’t know about Morocco
Morocco in these last 20 years has advanced a lot. Tourism and the geopolitical globalization process has allowed Morocco to position itself among one of the most demanded and most interesting destinations of the current tourist offer.
But its position has not been consolidated by magic, its traditions are a symbol of authenticity that characterizes the country and that makes any experience in Morocco a unique memory.
Although what has also been given are many hoaxes and rumors about the character of Moroccan culture. Therefore, our role is to deny them and suggest other positive contributions to avoid damaging the image of this culture that is sometimes subject to interests or beliefs linked to supremacist, racist and xenophobic ideologies.
In this post we bring you 10 curiosities that surely you did not know about the culture of Morocco so that they contribute to your conception of the country favorable ideas.
- Tea with a social character. Tea is one of the most usual customs of Morocco. Taking it at all times is within the most common traditions of the natives. For them it is a sign of hospitality for any guest or guests in the house. In addition to combating dehydration, its nutritious spices invite tea consumption in an atmosphere of hospitality with other people, therefore it becomes tea with a social character.
- Gestures of friendship. Seeing two men by the hand is the most common. Friendship is identified through this gesture.
- Haggling. Within your routine when buying is to reduce any price. All prices in Morocco are discounted, especially those for souk objects. These are inflated in order to establish a relationship between the plaintiff and the seller until an agreement is reached. It is a very common social act and even that price accepted at first instance can produce an anger at the seller.
- Right hand. Eating with the right hand is almost mandatory when sharing a table with Moroccans since doing so with the left hand is considered an impure act. In fact, this is due because for this culture, the left hand is the one used for intimate grooming.
- Photographs prohibited. If there is anything in Morocco, there are countless landscapes. The camera is difficult to save when you have Morocco as your destination. However, as there are many photographic points, some people are not susceptible with respect to this subject. It is advisable not to take pictures of people without asking permission before they can be offended if they are taken without permission, especially if they are women or girls.
- Child begging. Many children will ask you to give them money or objects. This is nothing more than an excuse for missing school. Without contributing to give them money as beggars, it is encouraged that young people drop out of studies and devote themselves to begging for tourists who seem to think they are “kind” with their actions.
- Proper attire. Although most women wear yihab or Muslim veil, tourists are not forced to wear. The clothes of tourists, especially tourists, although not a requirement, it is often said that it is preferable to wear clothes that do not teach the skin excessively, since going with few fabrics Moroccans consider it inappropriate when visiting a religious space .
- Musical diversity. The music that is mostly heard is Berber music. That which comes from ancestral influences. However, the chaabi, the gnawa, which is a fusion with the Amazigh, an Arabic dialect with Afro sound in addition to Andalusian music also lead the country’s music charts.
- Leave food on the plate. This is not rude, in fact it is very recurring. It is well seen to put large amounts, which show the power and hospitality of the family. The more food, the better.
- The importance of the elderly. In Morocco the family is very important, to the point of being considered almost sacred. Especially the elders are the most revered family members, being a symbol of experience and wisdom. In addition to children, the elderly deserve admiration and respect for the rest of the family but the elderly receive special treatment. Older women are those who have greater decision power in each family.