Morocco officially the Kingdom of Morocco. Arabic name al-Mamlakat al-Maghribiyyah translates to “The Western Kingdom”. Al-Maghrib or Maghreb, meaning “The West”, is commonly used. The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries. It has Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, and a rugged mountain interior.
The Capital of this country is Rabat and the largest city is Casablanca.
Christmas Celebrations in Morocco :
Being predominantly an Islamic nation, Christmas is not a huge affair in Morocco. After Islam, Christianity is the second largest religion in Morocco. In fact the amount of foreigners living in Morocco and visiting the country thanks to tourism efforts means that Christmas has become more significant in recent years.
It can be said that the Christmas celebration for the people living in this country is complete on commercial bases because most of the people who celebrate it are the visitors of the country. Whilst the country does not come together and feel ‘Christmassy’, there are still people living there who do celebrate it.
Many hotels organise special Christmas features within their buildings and celebrate Christmas day. Don’t be confused if you see many shops in Morocco displaying decorations around this time; it is for the benefit of the humble tourist and to draw in trade The exception to this is the city of Marrakech, where the streets are decorated with orange trees, the Moroccan colour of Christmas. Despite being a minority, there are some Christian Moroccans, and they celebrate Christmas.
The Christian churches scattered around the country are open for mass and welcome foreigners to attend, though security will be very strict throughout the Christmas period. Christmas in Morocco is a public holiday and during this time the Christian community living there wrap gifts for family and friends, have a version of a Christmas tree, and give out Christmas cards much as they do anywhere in Europe. It is seen as a time for friends and family to get together and rejoice. Festive songs are performed and many shops will also play Christmas songs.
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