The Special Customs and Rituals of Fez in Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community.

The city of Fez has rituals and customs for the reception of this holy month. Historians described Ramadan in Fez with many gorgeous descriptions where it was said: “Ramadan overwhelms the whole Fez, so you can feel it wherever you go, you see it in mosques full of worshipers and you see it in the markets too.”

The advent of Ramadan means raising the state of readiness. Fassi families begin their preparation since the half of Shaaban and buy all the materials they need in the preparation of Andalusian fancy sweets in relation to Andalusia, in which Fez is the scientific capital of the Kingdom of Morocco famous of, such as “Briwat”, a sweet or savory puff pastry, “Bryush”, a bread made mainly with flour, eggs, butter, as well as milk, yeast, salt, and sometimes sugar and “Ghriba” a round, shortbread cookie made with flour, sugar, butter, and usually almonds, “ Feqqas”, a dessert made of eggs, sugar, flour and yeast, other ingredients can be added to it like sweet fruits and milk, and “Kaab al-Ghazal”, but one of the most famous desserts dishes in Morocco is “Shabakia”, which is sweet in honey, and “Slu”, a flour mixed with almonds and peanuts.

Forms and shapes vary, and the amounts, sizes, and manner of preparation differ from a Fassi house to another, but the distinct flavor remains a landmark with the signature of Fassi Andalusi. This Fassi flavors can be learned easily, all you need is to be in the right place and between the right hands of a well-experienced chef. You can find all this only with Morocco Fez Tours in the program this agency presents Cooking Class, right in the heart of Fez city, the source of all those delicious sweets and meals.

One of the old customs that some Fassi families still maintain is the celebration of “The Small Shaabana”, which marks the coming of Ramadan, when children and adults express their joy in this holy month, and the children celebrate their way by igniting the “crackers” and throwing them from the roofs. As for “The Grand Shaabana” starts in the day following Ramadan, when families gather on rooftops to see the crescent moon, dressed in the brightest and most beautiful clothes, and with its appearance along with the seven cannons of bullets fired, you will immediately hear the voice of “Al-Zwagah”, meaning “the cannon” emitted from the northern tower of Fez Medina.

The most important thing that distinguishes Ramadan in Fez is the human and spiritual nature that it is famous for, since ancient times, here many associations take the initiative to prepare huge tables, which continue throughout the month and are in different areas of the city, in order to feed poor people. As for young men and women, you often find them initiate in cleaning the mosques and alleys of the neighborhood and dyeing the walls to give a new unique look of Fez city, enjoying the blessed Ramadan.

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