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The Maroccan Tajine


One of the most well known symbols for Morocco is the tajine, an orange clayed pot with steaming hot meat and vegetables. The word refers to both the vessel and also the food prepared in it. 
It consists of two parts, a circular base with low sides and a large conical cover, shaped as a dome, which rests inside the base during cooking.

This type of dish is slow-cooked at low temperatures, the meat being tender and aromatic.



Moroccan tajines combine chicken, lamb, beef or fish with several vegetables and seasonings: dates, nuts, olives, preserved lemons (a staple in Moroccan cuisine) apricots, cumin, paprika, pepper, saffron etc. 

There are different types of tagine, depending on the region.
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The Regions of Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is divided into 16 regions. Each region is governed by a Wali which is nominated by the King. 


Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira is the southern region of Morocco being located  in the disputed territory of Western Sahara. The capital is the city of Dakhla. Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra is located partly in the disputed territory of Western Sahara. The capital of this region is El Aaiún.

Guelmim-Es Semara has Guelimn as it’s capital. Has of it’s southern part is located in the teritory of Western Sahara.  

Souss-Massa-Draâ is located in the central part of Morocco.It has a population of over 3 mil people. Souss-Massa-Draâ’s capital is called Agadir, a city situated on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.  
Gharb-Chrarda-Béni Hssen is a north-western region of Morocco with the capital at Kenitra.In ancient times this region was an element of Mauretania Tingitana, which was ruled in early times by the Phoenicians and later the Romans.
Chaouia-Ouardigha is like the region Gharb-Chrarda-Béni Hssen situated in the north-western part of Morocco and it’s capital is called Settat.
Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz represents the region of Morocco which capital is the popular city Marrakech. It is situated in the central part of the country.
Oriental, located in north-eastern Morocco, this region borders Algeria and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. The capital is Oujda.
Grand Casablanca situated in coastal north western Morocco it is the most densely populated region of Morocco. It’s capital, Casablanca is the economic capital of Morocco. 
Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer is located in north-western Morocco. The capital is Rabat.
Doukkala-Abda is situated in west-central Morocco.  The capital is Safi.

Tadla-Azilal is located in central Morocco. The capital is Beni Mellal.


Meknès-Tafilalet is situated in north-central Morocco, bordering Algeria. The capital is Meknès.

Fès-Boulemane is situated in northern Morocco.  The capital is Fès.

Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate  is located in northern Morocco.The capital is Al Hoceima.


Tangier-Tetouan  is situated in north-western Morocco. The capital is Tangier.


Moroccan shoes

The traditional Moroccan shoes are called “Babouche” and they are made out of leather. These slippers can be worn both inside and outside. They come in different colors and patterns. Men and women alike wear them, but the women’s babouche are sometimes decorated with sequins.Take your pick, which one would you like? 


                                                                                      

Traditional Moroccan clothing

The classic Moroccan garment is called “djellaba”, a long and loose hooded gown which Moroccans  wear it over their normal clothing. It covers the entire body except for the head, the hands and the feet and it comes in different colors, styles and fabrics depending on the season. During summer a cotton or rayon djellaba is preferred, while during winter a wool one.


The djellaba is worn traditionally both by men and women, but the women’s djellaba differs in style as it has brighter colors and decorative embroidery. 

Men’s djellabas

Women’s djellabas

An important characteristic of the Moroccan djellaba is the hood, a long and pointy hood called in arabic “cob”. 

Another traditional garment worn this time only by women is the kaftan. It looks like the djellaba, but it doens’t have the hood. The kaftan can be simple for day to day and it can also come in a more elegant and sofisticated style worn by women on weddings or celebrations. It is also the bride’s garment on her wedding day. 
The kaftan is usually worn with an exterior garment called “Dfina” and a belt called “Hezam”

Moroccan culture

Moroccan culture has a centuries-old tradition of openness to the world due to its geographical position at the crossroads of continents that is not new but dates back to ancient times. But Islam that has a profound personality shaped Moroccan culture and made it intimately linked to religion that permeate the rules of conduct, ethics and exchange based on a genuine sense of moderation, reserve and modesty .
Although modernity is taking over, as adopting the model of Western life seems to be gaining ground at the risk of intimidating and provoking the fundamental secular culture. It remains that this opening should not be construed as an abandonment of the Moroccan cultural exception, but more as a kind of existential search that is not slow in desperation to return to the roots, which is true and deep in every Moroccan whatever his or her degree of modernization.

I might sound a bit exagerating here but I can not stress enough how a respectful attitude is important. People might look modern but this is Moroccan culture, a different culture.

An alien who comes to work, visit or invest in Morocco is to understand the psychology of Moroccans and do not be misled by appearances, and must remember that one is in a foreign country and should respect, and not be considered vulgar, with language and gestures. taghazout
It is not a no man’s land where one would come with the pretentious condescension to despise the culture, habits and customs of others.
The tolerance that characterizes Moroccans is part of the Moroccan culture and does not mean permission to insult their culture, rape their objection or exploit their talents. As it is useful to recall that Morocco is a large country in history and memory where you can learn if you have the ability to listen , respect and admire.

Language

Moroccan culture is also praised for language diversity. apart from classical Arabic, the language of education, administration and media, the daily language in Morocco is Arabic dialect, Tamazight (Berber) which spoken in the Rif, the Atlas, and the Souss and it varies by region. Most Moroccans speak French, many speak Spanish and English.
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Religion

Islam is the official religion of Morocco, but the coexistence with other religions is perfect (the practice of other revealed religions is also guaranteed by the constitution). The day is punctuated by five calls to prayer.HassanMosque It is the Muazzin who announces them at the top of the minaret. During the month of Ramadan, the Moroccans fast, stop drinking and smoking from sunrise to sunset. Obviously, their day is modified. Most governments, utilities, buildings and stores adjust their schedules.
However, non-Muslims are to eat in certain restaurants, particularly in hotels. The days drag on but the nights are beautiful!

Kitchen

Moroccan food elegantly accommodates vegetables and fruits bursting with sunshine, rare spices and fragrant, delicate, tasty fish and meat couscous… The best of oriental cuisine, famous throughout the world, put your taste buds to feast.
The main Moroccan dishes to taste absolutely: Skewers: at the entrance of a souk, a place near a road is cooked before your eyes. It is delicious, quick and economical.
Couscous: it’s the traditional family lunch on Friday, but you will find it every day in the restaurant. During your trip you can enjoy many couscous dishes because it varies by region and creativity of the cook. Try not to use a spoon to eat, but rather your fingers, experience Moroccan culture. Mechoui lamb: roasted on a spit or baked. The meat melts in your mouth!

Pastilla: a thin pastry stuffed with pigeon and almonds: the famous sweet to savory Moroccan dish.
There are variations in fish, chicken and even pudding for dessert.

Dishes of Ramadan at sunset the fast is broken (f’tour) with the rich and tasty harira, soup meat, lentils, chick peas, with beghrir, small pancakes honeycomb served with melted butter and honey, shebbakias, cakes fried in oil and coated with honey. This is “light” snack but wait for the real dinner that takes place later in the night.
Tagine: this word refers to both the container (flat earthenware decorated with typical conical lid) and content (stew of meat, poultry, fish and vegetables cooked in, crushed). Taste? you will understand why the tajine is the national dish of Morocco.
Moroccan tea: it quenches thirst, warm, riveted, to drink in the morning, after meals, at any time. A pleasure never refuse. The baking cakes with honey, horns of gazelles, Feqqas almonds, raisins, almonds ghoriba, sesame … Irresistible!

Know Moroccan Culture

Showing respect to local customs is to demonstrate a basic courtesy to a welcoming country.
To avoid any embarrassing situations and misunderstandings, be nice. Here are some basic rules:
In Morocco, access to mosques and holy places is forbidden to non-Muslims. Some exceptions: Mosque Hassan II in Casablanca, Mohamed V Mausoleum in Rabat Mausoleum, Moulay Ismail in Meknes, Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum at Rissani.

Moroccan Clothes

Moroccan Clothes

<!– google_ad_client = "pub-4904902570575601"; /* 300×250, created 5/11/10 */ ; google_ad_width = 300; google_ad_height = 250; //  Moroccan clothes are traditionally rich and varied – variety of fabrics, shapes and colors expressing a certain art of draping – Moroccan costume for man or woman comes by local cultures of each region or each social group.
Two major trends emerge, namely the urban dress and country dress,  in both cases the use of various devices is used to enhance the look and divert the attention of potential weaknesses of the body.
The constant among men is wearing a Djellaba which is a loose clothing. Woolen fabric or lightweight, it is equipped with long wide sleeves and a hood.Moroccan djellaba
Similarly, there is Silham or Burnous, solid color, black or white, borne on the Djellaba with hood.
Under Djellaba they wear the Caftan which is a long dress with no collar, long sleeves, closed at the front of many embroidered buttons.
For the head, Tarbouch as head covering for the urban and Razza for the country and Rural belgha (babouch, slippers) in both cases.
Moroccan babouch balra

Moroccan clothes for women are also diverse. 
The Haik, a sort of cloak of fine cloth large and white, is the rule especially in rural areas, and in certain regions. When you leave the city, you will see increasingly rural women in the female version of the djellaba.
They usually wear the Qmis(long jacket) underneath, a lightweight fabric covering a seroual (baggy pants).
The caftan and Mansouria fabric are the usual two long dresses for women. The Moroccan kaftan or caftanis for celebration and special occasions. This dress highlights the femininity with a bonus: it combines the splendor and elegance because of the meticulous production.Moroccan kaftan
Fine fabrics and brightly colored silks are the traditional fashion. The tailors put their skill and art to create the sumptuous dress. 
Gold embroidery, silver, contours and ends delicately decorated, all returning a sensation of richness and femininity. 
A belt embroidered with silk thread or gold (or at least among wealthy women, silver or solid gold) shakes the Caftan size.This coat, has always been a source of inspiration throughout the world.