Weddings are great celebrations in Morocco as family is central in Moroccan culture. Marriage is the beginning of an important chapter in one’s life- starting a family and adult life. Girls become women and boys become men when they get married. My friends have proudly shared their wedding photo albums with me. During my Peace… Continue reading Moroccan culture: wedding celebrations
It was school vacation two weeks ago and most classes and activities were cancelled at the youth center and youth vocational center in town. Everyone was taking a well-deserved break after studying hard for exams. I realized I had never posted about the Moroccan hammam (public bath) so I took advantage of the free time… Continue reading Moroccan culture: the hammam (public bath)
Living only a half-hour grand taxi ride (2 people in the front seat of the Mercedes, 4 people in the back seats, Hit FM with international and Moroccan tunes blasting) from Marrakesh during my Peace Corps service, I have been lucky to get to know it in all kinds of ways. I have gone in… Continue reading Rosana’s Marrakesh
When I got my Peace Corps assignment to Morocco, I immediately sought out recommendations of books and movies from friends who had been there and especially Arabic professors who provided a more nuanced view on the history, culture, and politics. It was hard to find books and movies in the public library in my small… Continue reading 5 Book recommendations to get a fuller picture of the diversity of Morocco and Moroccans
My blog post "10 things I love about Morocco" was featured on the official Peace Corps blog, PC passport. Check it out!
receiving Valentine's day candy from my Grandma and sharing it with neighbors Marrakesh biennale with friends!
During my 11 months in Morocco, I have enjoyed learning about Morocco women’s dress, fashion, and beauty. I find Moroccan traditional dress beautiful. I especially love the buttons. Before I had my own caftans, my friends lent me theirs and did my hair and make-up. It was super fun! As a child, I loved to… Continue reading Moroccan culture: Moroccan women’s dress, fashion, and beauty 101
September 24 was another major Muslim holiday called Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice), which commemorates when in the Islamic Koran Allah (God) appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Ishmael to demonstrate his devotion to him. Though when Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, Allah stopped him… Continue reading Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice), village politics, and my sister’s visit!