I took a week off of work to visit my host family and other volunteers the week of Christmas. It wasn’t until right before I left that I was told that Thursday (Dec. 24th) was the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday. I think it’s a beautiful coincidence that two of the most popular religions celebrated their leaders during the same time in 2015.
Here I want to share some moments with my host family during the Prophet’s birthday:
Later that day (Dec. 24th) I traveled to other volunteer’s site to celebrate Christmas:
WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS VIDEO OF SLAUGHTERED AND GUTTED SHEEP.
I observed this Muslim Holiday with my host family in Morocco. I filmed the part that most Americans are interested to see. There is also a lot of socializing and eating with family and friends.
This holiday commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God. This festival also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha is a time for wishing one another well. Many Muslims in the United States celebrate Eid al-Adha with prayers and social gatherings.
May 29-June 3rd: My parents decided to visit Morocco and I. It’s been over a year since I’ve seen them in person. Sometimes Skype just isn’t enough.
We stayed a night in Casablanca before heading down to my site.
Fancy Bathroom in Casablanca
Mom, Dad, and I
Fancy Hotel in Casabanca
Breakfast was delicious!
Busing it down to site.
Once in my site we ate soooo much food! My parents cannot handle a lot of carbs but they enjoyed themselves anyway. Mom was fascinated by everything. I was happy they were able to see my suq. It’s nothing super special but there’s a lot of variety for a small town.
My Moroccan Parents and My American Parents
Mom was surprised to see turkeys at suq
Mom took pics of everything including the post office
Mom loved the donkey parking lot.
Truck full of gas tanks
Of course we had couscous
Mom and Dad dressed as Amazighs
Mom in a Lizar
Down by the river…
On Tuesday, we went to Merzouga. We were supposed to going camel trekking by we went during the low peak time and the camels were only going in the evening. We climbed the dunes, gathered some sand to take home, and had tea. We went to Rissani for lunch and Mom did some shopping and bought a pink kiftan. Later on their last day in at Casablanca, Mom also bought a jebador and some other outfits and souvenirs.
Traditional mill grinder
Relaxing by the pool?
Their last night in, we ate Hirrara, washed off the sand from the desert, and hopped on a night bus back to Casablanca.