By Sara Elhamdaoui
By Sara Elhamdaoui
Rabat – Moroccans adopt different social behaviors and attitudes during the holy month.
Ramadan is an important month for Muslim believers. In Islam, Ramadan is a holy month when people fast and devote themselves to worship. In the Moroccan tradition, various social phenomena arise during the holy month. Morocco World News has made a list of the most popular Ramadan social trends in Morocco.
Sleep all day, and stay up all night:
Many Moroccans prefer to spend their days sleeping until sunset to avoid any effort while fasting and to avoid feeling hunger. This habit is popular among youth, who can afford to stay in their beds during the day and spend all night eating until sunrise.
Combining all day meals in the f’tour meal
Moroccans tend to make the f’tour meal very generous. A f’tour meal combines all sorts of food that can be eaten during any time of the day, including sweet, fat, and salty foods. In fact, during f’tour time, people eat more than they would eat during regular day’s meals combined.
Ramadan is the occasion when Moroccan women become chefs
Cooking all sorts of food becomes a priority for Moroccan women who want to reward themselves and their families after a long day of fasting. In fact, many women spend the whole day in the kitchen preparing food for the f’tour.
Watching national television becomes the new addiction
Each Ramadan, people are faced with deceptive programs broadcast on Moroccan national television. Many dramas and sitcoms with poor content and lame jokes are broadcast during f’tour time to entertain people and, of course, to bombard them with all sorts of commercial advertisement.
Mosques become very crowded
Many people start praying and attending mosques during Ramadan, especially during the night of destiny (27th of Ramadan). People squeeze into mosques to the point where they are filled to capacity.
People are incapable of recognizing some faces because it’s the first time you see them with no makeup:
To avoid attracting attention, women avoid wearing makeup during Ramadan. The result can be impressive and shocking. You may find yourself surrounded by totally unrecognizable faces that you thought you knew very well.
Everybody becomes a Fqih
During Ramadan, you will notice that people—even those who are less likely to care about religion—start giving lessons about religion, what is halal, what is haram, what should be done, and what should be avoided, supporting their claims with surahs, or prophetic teachings, which they may have recently heard for the first time.
Commentary and criticism of women reaches a high
Many people, especially men, take Ramadan and “fasting” as an excuse to give themselves the legitimacy to comment on women’s appearances and sometimes react violently to women who they judge to be “provocative.”
Being “Mremden” becomes the normal state of being for Moroccans until f’tour time
Being “mremden,” or being very unpleasant to people for no apparent reason, is one of the negative behaviors you can see during the month of Ramadan. Some people take fasting as an excuse to start shouting and insulting because they are in “lack” or “need” of food, caffeine, tobacco, etc.
Being aggressive and ready to fight at any moment
One of the extreme stages of being “mremden” is behaving aggressively towards everybody and fighting whenever the opportunity arises. You will be amazed by the amount of energy that people can have to fight.
Last but not least, all Moroccans love Ramadan because it provides a new routine for people. Ramadan promotes an atmosphere where families can gather around a nice table of food. Although many people find it difficult to fast, we all enjoy the lively evenings and watching new television shows.
Morocco World News wishes you a happy Ramadan.
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