Morocco, as a Muslim country, does not officially celebrate Christmas. Though, many of the French traditions of this December holiday can still be found around the country (as, at one time, Morocco was French Protectorate). Yennayer or New Year’s Eve, however, is observed and celebrated around the country (though it is celebrated on January 12-15 in some parts). One tradition this time of year, is to spend the night in the desert to welcome the new year.
December also sees the Olive Festival in Morocco, celebrating the end of the olive harvest. Learn about this and other Moroccan holidays in this video taken by ITM’s JenniLynn at Epcot’s Holidays around the World:
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