Today, June 29, Morocco celebrates Eid Al Adha, an important religious holiday for all practicing Muslims. Moroccans know perfectly well how to celebrate this occasion in a special way.
In Morocco, the atmosphere is unique. From the morning, the citizens prepare for the ritual of slaughtering the sheep by calling on the “specialists”, usually butchers, who have the necessary skills to accomplish this complex task in an easier, faster and standard-compliant way.
According to Moroccan tradition, the whole family attends the sacrifice. Then comes the time to wash and prepare the meat of the mutton. Once this task is completed, the families begin to prepare the famous “Boulfaf”. In some families, it is even customary to start the day by tasting this dish.
In the streets, young people, who have become experts in grilling sheep’s heads, are already preparing their campfire to welcome their first customers. It is usually the children of the family who stick their heads out and ensure that the expert does his job to perfection.
Eid Al Adha is not just a religious holiday in Morocco, it is a time when families get together and prepare delicious dishes, accompanied by a glass of tea and Moroccan pastries, in a unique atmosphere. Everyone, young and old, participates in the preparation of the feast.
Another striking aspect of this religious festival is the donation or sale of “Btana” (sheepskins). Informal specialists roam the neighborhoods to collect sheepskins and turn them into rugs or other handicrafts that will then be sold.
This celebration of Eid Al Adha in Morocco is a special occasion where cultural and religious traditions mingle to create a warm and friendly atmosphere. Moroccans carry on these age-old practices by gathering as families, sharing delicious meals and participating in traditional activities that strengthen community bonds.