There are two different calendars for the Muslim people:
| The civil parties are ruled by the
Gregorian calendar, where weekends are the days off. Friday is not considered
a day off, however it is the day when the morocco people pray, so administration
and public services enlarge the midday break and it let these people to
have time to go to the mesquites. |
| The religious parties are ruled by
the moon calendar (hegira). Although it has twelve months, it is shorter
than the sun calendar. It can be said that the hegira, or moon calendar,
is thirteen days shorter than the solar calendar. This is the reason why
these festivals vary every year.|
The Muslims’ calendar start the 16th of July of 622, day in which Muhammad
left the Mecca to settle in Medina.
RELIGIOUS (all dates are variable)
1- Middle January
3- Middle of May MOHAREM: first day of the
hegira.When Muslims' year start.
4- Middle of July MULUD: Birthday of the Prophet.
1- Engage day: weddings are very important for this
culture. The Hands and legs of the bridge are decorated for this special
2- Birthday: The most important day for a Moroccan
family. The seventh day after the birth, the baby is baptisms.
3- Circumcision: Religion and tradition force to
every male to be circumcised, it is a imperious ruled to be Muslim.
4- Peregrination to the Mecca.
5- The death: Usual to have meals and to give food
to the poor. The funeral takes three days. It is forbidden to cook in the
house of the person who has died. Everybody must be buried looking
to the Mecca.
1- 1st of January: New Year.
2- 11th of January: Independence day.
3- 1st of May: Day of the workers. Same around
4- 23 of May: Sidi Mohamed’s Day.