The Moussems

Both religious festivals and commercial fairs, moussems are above all an opportunity for Moroccans to come together and share their cultural identity.

Exchanges and spirituality

Exchanges and spirituality
A moussem is firstly a religious festival, bringing people together who have sometimes traveled a long way to celebrate and honor a saint. One of the most famous is that devoted to betrothals in Imilchil. Here the spiritual moments are lived alongside commercial exchanges and it is a real celebration for everyone, locals and visitors alike. Further south, towards Tan-Tan, the camel market is classified as Intangible Heritage by Unesco. The rose moussem is held near Ouarzazate in Kelaat M’Gouna. This is an opportunity for travelers to buy creams, incense and soap perfumed with Damascus rose.

Age-old traditions

Age-old traditions
A moussem generally involves paying homage to a saint, a Sidi, a man of faith who did something remarkable during his lifetime. But they could be just to celebrate the changing seasons and harvests, such as the date festival in Erfoud, on the edge of the desert, or thehoney moussem in Immouzer Ida Outanane near Agadir. There are also moussems dedicated essentially to culture and traditions, like the desert music festival in Tafilalt, or the famousGnaoua festival in Essaouira. The music and songs of these descendants of black slaves are capable of sending all those present into a trance. Morocco celebrates all its aspects, in particular with Jewish moussems, like the Imirdal in Ighreme Ougdal.

To remember

Taking part in a moussem is a fascinating experience whatever the theme. Moussems are among the events which provide an opportunity to grasp the soul of Morocco.