the sign of hospitality Tea
is an integral part of Moroccan hospitality and daily life.
Moroccans jokingly refer to it as Moroccan "whiskey" and many
claim it is their only vice. As much as the consumption of tea
is an obsession, so too is the ritual preparation and serving.
A critical component to this process is the proper selection
of a pot, glasses and tray to serve them on.
the wedding, a team of chefs arrives to prepare the meals, and
the family employs group of women who devote themselves to
making the bride look her best. They dress her in a
traditional Moroccan wedding gown of brightly colored silk,
overlaid by a sheer gown embroidered with gold thread. Jewels
are arranged to cascade around her face, and makeup highlights
her eyes. , she gets to be a queen!!!
the bride have a
ceremonial purification milk bath before a ritual henna
painting of her hands and feet. Originally, this purification
and painting was the wedding ceremony in Arab lands some 200
years ago. Modern Morrocan brides continue this tradition by
annointing the palm of guests with a unique smear, called the
late afternoon or
early evening, simultaneous parties are held at the home of
the bride and the groom. The two families and their guests
celebrate well into the night with a feast, music and dancing.
Sometime after midnight, the groom leaves his home and
proceeds to the home of the bride. He is accompanied by his
guests, as they sing, beat drums and dance.
There is one particularly
stunning and exciting event that has taken its rightful place among
the more noteworthy examples of traditional folklore in Morocco,
those demonstrations popular customs of which Morocco is so famous
and which stimulates tourists to come and to see for themselves;
that even is the Fantasia.
The horsemen line up in close ranks,
and no sooner has one wave of riders left than the next is ready to
follow; the impression is that of surging waves of galloping hooves.