Moroccan Culture

Morocco is about the size of the state of California, located on the northwest corner of Africa. Home to lively medinas, the vast Sahara, and rocky mountains, Morocco offers great beauty at every turn. Moroccan culture is closely connected to Islam, and contains a combination of Arab, European, and African influences. When people experience good or back luck, Moroccans tend to attribute the cause to God (Allah). Moroccans typically value family, honor, and a calm disposition. The ability to control one’s temper is respected in Moroccan culture.

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Moroccan People and Community

In Moroccan culture, family relationships are the most important component of social life. In particular, the bond between parents and children is revered. It is considered polite to show respect for parents and elders. In Morocco, extended family members typically live together. Families in Morocco tend to be headed by the father. A mother’s responsibilities are traditionally domestic, managing the home and caring for the children. Some women work outside the home and help provide financially for the family.

Language and Communication Styles

The official languages of Morocco are Arabic and Tamazight (a Berber dialect).

Food in Morocco

In the Moroccan diet, mutton, beef, and chicken are the most commonly eaten meats. Popular dishes include kefta, ground beef or mutton; tajine, a meat-and-vegetable stew; and harira, a tomato-based soup with chickpeas, lentils, and beef or mutton. In Morocco, bread is eaten at almost every meal. Mint tea is Morocco’s national drink. Islam forbids the consumption of pork and alcohol.