The cafes of Rabat friends gather again and the streets are filled with families out for a walk. Morocco live your first Ramadan no restrictions after two years of pandemic. As the sun disappeared over the horizon, the more than 50,000 mosques in the country call the faithful to prayer in chorus, it is time to gather around a table laden with food and have the first drink after twelve hour fast.
Can’t miss the dates, which many eat in odd quantities, following what the prophet Mohammed is said to have done; the Harira, the quintessential Moroccan soup; the shebakia, a cloying sweet, if eaten in excess, coated in sesame and honey; but above all, the company of loved ones is essential.
In 2020, the country lived this sacred month confined to the house and last year with a curfew from 8:00 p.m. This meant that many family members could not get together to celebrate this moment, and that the streets were deserted at night. Normally, after break the fast at sunsetpeople take the opportunity to go out and have a good time, an atmosphere that in some parts of the city lasts until the wee hours of the morning.
Walk in front of the ocean
Latifa likes to go out at night walk in front of the ocean, also go to the mosque with his family. “The restrictions changed our life a bit in the last two years, we couldn’t leave the house after breaking the fast, it was very difficult. This year, on the other hand, I am very happy, like all Moroccans”, she explains on her first day of Ramadan.
“We are waiting for all Moroccans: families, people who are going to come to Morocco, also tourists”, explains Najil Wiam, owner, together with her father, of the Dar Naji restaurant in Rabat. He says that for two years they have not been able to open during this holy month for the and that “inshallah (God willing) this year is going to change”, confides Wiam. “We have a special menu to break the fast, we also expect people to come for dinner at night or for tea, we get a lot of customers,” he explains.
The most religious will also be able to go back to the mosques to pray at night. In the past Ramadan, the pandemic also forced the doors of these sacred places to be kept closed during the last prayer of the day.
The month of Ramadan is marked by the rising prices of many products and transport, as happens in Spain on Christmas dates. But this year adds to this increase the global increase in prices caused by the uncertainty of the conflict in Ukraine and speculation with resources, in addition to the drought that the country is experiencing.
“Everything has gone up, vegetables, meat, flour, oil, sugar,” explains Wiam. “Even before Ramadan prices have already increased,” says the owner of this popular restaurant in the city.
In Morocco the liter of gasoline These days it stands at approximately 14 dirhams (1.30 euros), a trend that continues to rise. “From record to record,” explains the newspaper Stockings24; “Fuel prices mark one of the most spectacular rises in the history of Morocco,” reports the newspaper Le Matin.
The solidarity He is also the protagonist in this holy month for muslims. in different neighborhoods of Rabat, the population has organized to make a collection and help people with more difficulties. In some supermarkets there are also baskets prepared with basic products so that all families can spend the best Ramadan possible.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.