Holidays & Observances in Morocco
Morocco is a country in northwest Africa. It has one of the most successful economies in Africa, with a location near Europe ideal for both trade and tourism. Throughout history many groups of people have called Morocco home, so today its culture is very unique and diverse. It mixes Arabic and African culture with western influences mostly from France and Spain. Morocco was also greatly influenced by Jewish culture. Although the number of Moroccan Jews is greatly declining and now includes only a few thousand people, they once made up a substantial portion of the population. Many holidays are celebrated enthusiastically throughout the country. This includes, but is not limited to, Islamic holidays, which are celebrated by most Moroccans, about 98% of which are Muslims.