The New Year celebration in Morocco

The New Year celebration in Morocco

By Sara El Bekri

Morocco World News

Casablanca, December 31, 2012

The New Year is here to be celebrated worldwide in different festive ways, although it is a Christian religious celebration since January 1 is said to be the day of Jesus’s circumcision. However, since the Gregorian calendar is used all over the globe, almost everyone celebrates New Year’s Day with the same joy and excitement and Moroccans are no exception.

On this special day, some people like to go out and party all night long in nightclubs or pubs. Others prefer to treat themselves to a nice dinner with friends in fancy restaurants, whereas, some people enjoy family gatherings and home cooked meals for the occasion. The idea is to be having a great time with loved ones when the clock strikes midnight and the new year begins.

Another exciting tradition is to make a list of New Year’s resolutions. The New Year is always associated with a new beginning and a fresh start. Thus, people make resolutions to have a better year: quit bad habits, set goals to reach, study or work harder. For this reason, one tries to stick to his list of resolutions to become a better person than they were last year.

From an economic standpoint, restaurants and discotheques benefit greatly on New Year’s Day as they are often booked out at this period. Moreover, lots of people splurge on luxurious presents usually expensive chocolate or jewelry resulting in a great profit for gift shops.

In Morocco, the New Christian Year is usually devoid of its religious connotation and rather seen as an occasion to exchange gifts, enjoy a good time with family and friends and wish everyone happiness and success for the year to come.

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    Nice article, but sorry,it is not correct that January 1 would have been the date of Jesus’ circumcision. Historians recognize that December 25 was not really the date of his birth. His father, Joseph, took his mother Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus, to Bethlehem because King Harod required everyone to go to their natal town in order to be taxed. Taxes then, just as now, were done in the SPRING, after new animals were born, NOT IN MID-WINTER. December 25 was the date of the Roman Saturnalia, which was the considered to be the birthday of the Roman god Saturn. Romans exchanged presents on December 25, just as we Christians do today. However, in order to bring more people into the Christian religion, during the FOURTH CENTURY of the Christian Era, the celebration of his birth date was moved to December 25th, in order to attract more people into the religion, so that they could still have their traditional holiday.

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