Morocco Magic

OK. So this isn’t really Morocco. It’s Morocco Village in Disneyworld! But.. it’s where Ruben proposed and where this fun journey of marriage began. We’ll have to return to Morocco for some henna and milk baths!

Morocco Magic

Celebrate your love within the magic of Morocco and dive into the Mediterranean Sea!

A wedding in Morocco is celebrated for 7 days so get ready to intoxicate yourself with; vibrant colors, tattooed brides, delicious food, beautiful jewelry, music, and the enchanted bridal chamber of love (we will get to this later).

The first pre-wedding ceremonies are delicate and beautiful gifts to the bride.  She will be celebrated with sparkling jewels, perfumes and colorful clothing to dance in the Morocco sea air.

The second ceremony, which is called, “furnishings” is exactly what you may think it is!  Friends and family come together to deliver and decorate the future home of newly wed love.  Homemade blankets, a radical new mattress to keep the lovin rockin, curtains to dance from the windows, art to decorate the walls, and supplies for the kitchen to entice rich food and romantic evenings.

If you’re the bride and you like to pamper yourself, then you’re going to love the third ceremony.   Following the “furnishings” is the “milk bath” for the bride.  The milk bath symbolizes purification.  A group of woman called “negaff” come together and prepare the bath.  During this ceremony they will give the new bride advice on marriage and tell their own stories with laughter and joy.

The fourth ceremony will ignite the artistic elements within love.  The night before the wedding the bride will embrace the art of Henna tattooing.  The henna ceremony wards off evil and invites good luck within the journey of marriage.   The end of this ceremony will intricately design her feet and hands with geometric and floral shaped patterns.   Within the magic of henna tattooing, the groom’s name will be hidden delicately in the design.  Perhaps the groom can find this hidden treasure later in the evening while embracing his bride.

Following the henna ceremony is the final day of the wedding.  The “negaffa” (circle of woman) will dress the bride in her “takchita” (wedding dress). The layer under the takchita is called a “kaftan.” It’s the first layer and is lightweight white silk. The second layer is designed with beading, sequins and embroidery.  To visualize a takchita along with jewels, henna tattooing, makeup and a beautiful bride is like dancing into a fairy tale.

Within the Morocco wedding tradition the bride will sit upon a circular cushion or table while being carried by friends and family.  Her groom will be on the shoulders of friends and as their love is celebrated they will both be carried to the “bridal chamber.”   Within the bridal chamber they will make sweet love and bathe in the magic of Morocco!

Get ready set GO!

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Best TIME to go:  September to April It’s f-ing HOT the rest of the year. And everything comes to a standstill during the month of Ramadan.

Our FAVORITE TOWNS:

  • Fez – it’s the world’s most unscathed medieval Arab city
  • Moulay Bousselham– a quiet town full of flamingos!
  • Ait Bougomez Valley– colors! Purple-blue mountains, ochre colored wheat fields, and bright orange poppies
  • The Amein Valley– cool little villages surrounded by rosy granite mountains and prehistoric rock paintings
  • Figuig– this place has no tourists whatsoever.  It’s home of an oasis of 200,000+ date palm trees and amazing hiking
  • Sefrou– narrow alleyways and whitewashed houses and NO TRAFFIC! Really- cars can’t get across the small bridges.

SURPRISES & WILD VISUALS:


  • goats hanging out in the high branches of Argon trees -they’re after the fruit
  • djellabasthe local outfit of hooded coats
  • stunning coastline

2011 FESTIVALS & HOLIDAYS:

Moroccan Festivals & Events-

The Islamic calendar differs from the Western calendar. Muslim festivals are timed according to the various phases of the moon, making exact dates in the lunar calendar almost impossible to predict – they are actually set by the Islamic authorities in Fez depending on when the new moon is sighted.

OUR TOP PICKS:

April

Ben Aissa Moussen is the largest pilgrimage in Morocco.  The town of Meknes is filled with spectacular fantasias, illusionists, glass swallowing, ecstatic dances and other mysterious rituals. It celebrates Morocco’s most famous saints, said to have gained magical powers from the animal world.

September- October

The famous Imilchil Tribal Marriage Festival is held annually at Imilchil near Marrakech in the High Atlas mountains. Morocco’s very own version of the Romeo and Juliet story is the inspiration for this tribal marriage festival in Imilchil. Up to 40 couples tie the knot while Berber tribes dance and give impromptu musical performances.

The legend goes that a man and a woman who were forbidden to marry cried themselves to death, creating the neighboring lakes of Issly (his) and Tisslit (hers) near Imilchil. So stricken were the families that they established a day – on the anniversary of the lovers’ death – on which members of different tribes could marry each other. The Imilchil Marriage Festival was born.

October

The picturesque town of Tissa (Fez province) is the site of the Horse Festival, a gigantic competition between the various horse breeds. Hundreds of riders assemble wearing their finery to present their mounts.  It’s a very animated event

December 31

Join more than 5000 international runners for the Zagora Marathon through the desert with a New Year’s Eve party.

The Horse Festival in Tissa

TIPS

We like to plan on the fly and see what happens.  If you want a plan before you head out, I’ve heard good things about this agency for wedding planning:

www.morocco-events-planning.com

There’s amazing and inexpensive wedding dresses to be found in the local Bazaars.  It’s also nice to support the local artisans.  However, if your nervous about this proposition, here’s a nice reputable shop where you can order online:

www.caftan.us/index.html