Just after the date harvest, Erfoud, a desert town in the Draa-Tafilalet region in southeast Morocco, hosts the Guetna festival to promote the city’s agricultural potential and upgrade tourism.
The festival is an occasion for locals, tourists, and visitors to visit exhibition tents and taste date samples. Farmers from the region and neighboring areas meet to explore date samples from other date-producing regions.
The festival is also an opportunity to experience the region’s culture thanks to a rich program of street shows, parade processions, and folk music and dances.
For those looking for fun at Guetna, there are camel racing and evening fashion shows featuring embroidered silk, silver and gold headdresses, and fancy jewelry.
Tourists can also see up close the harvesting of dates and how they are spread out to dry before they are carried to town on donkey backs.
Traditionally, dates in Morocco are a symbol of good luck and fertility. Erfoud’s Guetna solidifies the region’s ties with its traditions.
Held annually, usually towards the end of October, the festival attracts many tourists who are fond of the oasis and Sahrawi festivals.