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50 Morocco Culture Facts: Berber People

Am taking a trip to Morocco to learn about Morocco culture facts. Would you love to join me? Hop in. A proverb in Morocco says:

In Morocco never be surprised. If you see a donkey flying, just say Allah is capable of anything.

So my friends, keep an open mind as we journey through the beautiful city of Morocco. Welcome.

Let’s zoom into today’s topic on Morocco culture facts. Wait!  I think we should know the country and meet the people first. Shall we?

Overview of Morocco Culture

Morocco culture
Landscape overview

Morocco is located in North Africa.  Its size is almost the same as in California. It has a landmass of about 439, 850(sq km).

For its borders, Morocco borders Algeria to the east and south-east. To the west, we have the Atlantic Ocean. Western Sahara to the south and the Mediterranean Sea to the North.

Morocco practices the parliamentary system of government. A system where a monarch and an elected parliament rules.

For the executive council, the prime minister holds the highest authority. Although Morocco practises this system of government, the king wields the overall authority.

Moroccan culture is an influence of diverse countries. Over the years a lot of regions has colonised the country. Their aftermath after independence still exists.

Also, trades from the Mediterranean Sea has improved cross-cultural traditions.

The People Of Morocco

Moroccan People
People of Morocco

Moroccans are made up of the Berber’s and the Arabs. One can not tell the exact percentage of these groups. Nevertheless, the Arabs hold the higher population.

The Berber’s however are the first settlers in Morocco.

In terms of agriculture, Morocco is home to fine crops. It produces grains, wheat, barley and maize for household use.

Also, Morocco is self-sufficient in the production of its foods.

There is a lot about Morocco history. Pre Morocco and now but that is not our focus.  We will discuss that in other episodes. Now, let’s look at some facts.

Marriage Facts In Morocco

Marriage in Morocco

1. Do you know that in Morocco before the day of the wedding the groom is expected to give some gifts to the bride?

The gifts usually include sugar and henna.

While these items? Let us find out in the next culture facts in Morocco.

2. The henna is used to draw beautiful and meaningful patterns on the bride’s hand and legs.

This is done by a professional in the art of henna decoration.

3. Do you also know that two days before the wedding day, the bride is required to attend a purification ceremony called Hamam ( sauna)?

4. Do you know brides in Morocco change four to seven times during the night? Mine, this is a buffer of exquisite colour and elegance.

Although, it makes me wonder about the cost. What about those who are not wealthy? Do they change that much too?

The first colour she puts on is white, then red, followed by any colour of her choice.

Each dress represents the importance of peculiar cultures in the origin of Morocco.

5. Furthermore on Morocco culture facts, is that the bride is carried on a beautifully decorated flat foam.

Four men help to make this a reality. Each carrying one side of the foam on his shoulder with the help of a long wood under the foam.

Facts On Morocco Cuisine

Morocco tea culture
Morocco green tea

6. Furthermore on Morocco culture facts, do you know that Moroccan favourite drink is tea? Morocco is home to a mixture of green and mints tea.

The mixture is known as
Maghrebi mint tea.

7. Do you know drinking tea in Morocco is seen as a social activity? It also has a ritualistic way of preparing it.

8. Do you know that the head of the house is the one that prepares tea for the family?

9. Do you know Moroccan cuisine is influenced by the people and nations they have come in contact with?

Morocco Cuisine
Morocco food

10. A typical Moroccan food is detailed and must include spices. Species are most relevant when cooking in Morocco.

As a cook, you must know how to use your spice.

11. Do you know that the everyday spice use in Morocco is cumin, oregano, mint and caraway?

12. Do you know the Ras El Hanout spice is a combination of twenty-seven other spices? Oh boy! This is huge. How will the food taste? Spicy!

Please remind me to add this to my list of things to buy when I visit Morocco. Thanks in advance.

13. Couscous is the main Moroccan dish and it is made from broken durum wheat semolina.

Family Culture Facts

14. This Morocco culture facts is so loving, caring and passionate. Writing this series of culture facts about different African countries, makes me see life from a different view.

I also have the opportunity to wear their shoes through my research. You know, am always open-minded when I do these findings.

Why some cultural facts may look hilarious, others are very sweet and tender. It makes you fall in love with the country, its cultures and the people.

Before I get too emotional, let’s dive into these Moroccan culture facts.

Do you know that the love parents have for their children, is the reason why Moroccans live like an extended family?

Parents wants to be a part of their kids’ life. To take care of them. Give them good concern and also raise them when they fall.

So even if the child is grown and married, there is still a connection to the old family. Thus making the Moroccan live as one big happy family.

Don’t you just love this? I do! I wish the world could be one big extended family. Without racial discrimination, tribalism, religious dominance, and lust for power.

If you loving this series, do not forget to check Nigeria culture facts, and Madagascar culture facts. I promise you will love it.

This is to help you know about each African culture before you travel/visit the country.

15. Another Moroccan cultural facts is that, because of the belief in family, children are responsible for their age parents.

16.Do you know that in Morocco family members don’t call to let you know they are visiting?

Is like this visit culture is synonymous with all African countries. You are informed of their presence when they are at the door or the parking lot.

Common Practice In Morocco

17. Another interesting Morocco culture facts is that the family eats together from a big plate. Unlike other cultures where everyone is with their plate.

Moroccans indeed love their family and the family culture is also welcoming.

18. Do you know it is not uncommon for men to kiss each other on the cheeks?

19. Do you know when a Moroccan greets you they kiss you on the cheeks? The kiss is usually three. One at the right then left, then right again. For those that love kisses, they give four.

Amazing right. For me, I think one is enough. Anyway, it’s an amazing culture. It simply shows how friendly and welcoming the Moroccan are.

20. Still on Morocco culture facts, do you know that it is normal to flirt with a girl? Either you are a foreigner or a native.

If you find yourself in such a position, you stylishly and politely decline the offer.

21. Do you also know that in Morocco couples don’t show affection publicly. You can hold hands but no kissing, please.

22.  Do not shake people with your left hands.

23. When you are invited to someone’s house, please pull your shoes.

24. Do you know males are treated in a certain way than women? For example when bargaining for an item, they pay more attention to the male than the female.

25. As a lady, you have to dress modestly. This is one Moroccan culture fact you must adhere to.

26. Morocco has a lot of beautiful mosques and I know you will love to see them. Fortunately, if you are not a Muslim, you can not go inside some of them except one.

The Berber People

27.Do you know the berber people are formally known as the Amazigh? It was their colonial masters who gave them the name Berber.

Amazigh means free man.

I wonder why we still call them berber instead of Amazigh having known the history behind the name berber.

Can you see where am coming from? Do you share my thoughts?

28. Do you know, the full meaning of Berber is barbarian? The Berber people were called barbarians because they could not speak Latin nor Greek.

Latin and Greek was the official language of the colonist then. So anyone who could not speak these languages are considered barbarians. Hence the name Berber.

Who would have believed this is the origin of the name Berber? Imagine the reason why it was given. So outrageous!

More Berber Culture

29.Once again on Morocco culture facts, do you know that the Berber people have tattoos on several parts of their bodies?

This tattoo dates back to prehistoric Islam. The purpose is to convey status, and identify which tribe and individual come from.

Let me tell you a story.

As a teenager, I notice this tattoo on some of the elders in the community where I come from. For me, I thought it was all for beautification.

This is true to some but the main reason is for identity. According to granddad, when people went missing during the slave trade era, it was hard to locate them.

Especially the ones that pass on during the journey. At times they come across dead bodies but it was so hard to recognise which family owns them.

With each tattoo on an individual, it was easy to identify their place/ home.

Dad also said the tattoo is placed in visible body parts like the forehead, cheeks, jaw, and ankles.

A tribe have their tattoo and the immediate family also has one.

30. Do you know that the berber people are the first inhabitants of Morocco?

31.Do you know the Berber significance is well known in the versatile activities and ways of life of the Moroccan people?

A fascinating example is a Moroccan cuisine. Each region has this special delicacy but at the base of each culture food, is the berber spices.

Dress Culture In Morocco

32.  Do you know the traditional dress/cloth for men and women is the djellaba? The dress has a hod and it protects one from any harsh weather.

33.  Do you also know that in special ceremonies men wear red caps? They are commonly called Fez.

While the women wear kaftan designed with jewels.

Religious Facts

34. Do you know that there is a whole city painted in blue in Morocco? I believe you are wondering why is that.

Well, from my research, some article says it is to ward off evil, others say to ward off mosquitos.

I will go with the first reason. It looks more African and reasonable.
What do you think?

By the way, the city is called chefchaouen.

35. Do you know that there are Christians in Morocco and they are the second-largest religious group? Although the Christians are mostly foreigners.

Other religious sets are Judaism and Baha’l faith. Seven per cent of the population are not followers of any religion.

What do you think of Morocco culture facts so far?

36. Islam is the state religion of the Moroccan people and it is also the foundation of each family.

37.There are two major languages in Morocco – Arabic and Berber. The version of Arabic spoken is called Darija

The Berber language originates from north African countries and it belongs to the minority group.

Since the Berber people are still staying in Morocco, the language is used often.

Other languages less spoken in Morocco are French and Spanish. Thanks to the different regions that ruled Morocco in the past.

38. The star in the Morocco flag represents the five pillars of Islam. Hence, the star has five points.

General Culture Facts

39. Do you know the official name of Morocco is the kingdom of Morocco? It was founded in the year 1956 when the French rule stopped.

Nowadays it is called Morocco for abbreviation sake.

40. Do you know the green colour is the national colour of  Morocco and it means joy, peace and Happiness?

41. More on Morocco culture facts, is that Morocco is a combination of Africa, European and Arabic languages traditions and cultures.

42. Still, on Morocco culture facts, the music in Morocco is classified based on the traditional instrument of other cultures.

The majority however is Arabs instruments and Amazign originated instrument.

43. Have you heard about the public bath in Morocco called  Hamame? It is a public bath where you get some layers of your skin out. The sensation after the bath is next to none.

It is called a public bath because you are not the only one in the hot water. So as a male/female, you get to share the bathroom with another.

There is a scheduled time for males and females in the public session. However, if you have the cash, and want to go private, join me.

Have you gone for a Hamame session? How did it go? Can you fill me in on your experience, please…

More Generally Facts

44. It’s so funny when you think you know something and in reality, you don’t. If not for my research, I would not have known Morocco is ruled by a king.

What a fact! Are you in this boat with me? Do you know Morocco is the only country in Africa that is ruled by a king?

45. Still on Morocco culture facts. Do you know that Morocco has one of the best cuisines in the world?

Whatever your taste buds crave, come to Morocco and you will be amazed.

46. Do you know it is rude not to share your food? Whether it is a friend or a relative.

47. Do you know that in Morocco most of the craft men got the skill for their family? In other words, a craft in a family is passed down from generation to generations.

Is this not lovely?

48. Furthermore, on Morocco, culture facts, do you know that Moroccan eats with their hands?

Some family use cutlery but I believe eating with the hands is the foundational tradition.

So this runs in African culture and traditions.

49. Do you know that because of the strong belief in family, most Moroccan houses are built like a fortress?

50. Do not call on an individual with one finger. It is a sign of disrespect.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Morocco is a beautiful country and a nice place to visit.

Several nations which ruled in the past, represent the diversity in Morocco culture.

Also, because of the diversity in culture, morocco’s cuisines are world-class.

The Berber people are also significant foundations in Morocco today.

This is it guys, 50 Morocco culture facts. I believe you enjoyed this session. Don’t also forget to subscribe for more adventures, like, share and follow us. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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