A little introduction to Ramadan
In Morocco, Islam is the main religion and every year, Muslims all over Morocco mark the start of Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month. Ramadan is a month of fasting from dawn until dusk, evening feasts and a time for Muslims to share with and help others. Muslims fast in Ramadan to feel closer to God, whilst acknowledging the suffering of those less fortunate than themselves. Throughout the month, followers of Islam fast during the hours of daylight, focusing more on prayer and spirituality.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam alongside prayer, charitable giving, testimony of faith and making pilgrimage to Mecca.
At the end of Ramadan, there is a celebration: Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fast and much like Christmas, people exchange gifts and enjoy huge feasts with loved ones. Muslims will also give to charity during Eid al-Fitr.
Ramadan in Morocco
When the sun sets during Ramadan in Morocco, the call to prayer from the mosque fills the air and marks the beginning of evening prayer and 'Ftour' - the time to break the day of fasting.
Much like other Muslim communities, in Morocco the sunset feast is much anticipated throughout the day. While this feast is known as Iftar in other communities, in Morocco it’s more commonly known as Ftour. Starting with dates, milk and sweet juices, Ftour is a feast often comprising of warm soup, fried fish, eggs, pastries, flatbreads and sweets, with lots of other yummy treats too.
There is a wonderful feeling of peace and reflection, as well as a beautiful atmosphere within the community during this special time.
Discover tasty Ftour Ramadan recipes with The Spruce.
Hundreds of animals call Tamraght and Taghazout home. Whether they're hanging-low on the beach enjoying the sunshine or keeping it real in town, these animals are as much part of the local community as the surf schools and yoga studios.
Whilst you should always be cautious with stray animals, Tamraght and Taghazout do have a particularly lovely breed of street dog skulking about and these are just SOME of our favourites.
During your stay, make sure you look out for these characters,. As you've probably noticed they're pretty chilled out and if you come with a cheeky snack, they'll be your best friend for life (or...the rest of your trip).
MOROCCO ANIMAL AID
It's all well and good writing about these animals but the reality of the situation is pretty sobering. Without homes and shelter from the often harsh weather in Morocco, these animals are often exposed to extreme conditions, parasites with little access to food and water. However through the hard work of Moroccan Animal Aid, more and more of these animals are getting the attention they need to lead happier and healthier lives.
Lucy and her amazing team at Moroccan Animal Aid work hard to provide vaccinations, emergency treatments for injuries and sickness, provide them with love and sustenance when they need it, a neutering and fostering program. You'll often see lots of the dogs, much like these guys in the pictures, with colourful ear tags which means they have been vaccinated. More and more of these tags keep popping up on the local dogs and its amazing to see the impact Moroccan Animal Aid have on these animals' lives.
If you would like to find out more about Moroccan Animal Aid and Morocco's street animals, click here.
At Azrac Surf we believe that yoga and surfing are married together in one crazy, body-positive union and after a long day of battling the surf, nothing beats a good stretch and unwind with yoga.
Here we outline, with the help of our lovely yoga guru Sarah, what poses are really good for a post-surf recoup.
8 Girls, 5 nationalities and an awesome lust for adventure - what an amazing week we had on our second Girls' Retreat!
Read on to see more of our retreat adventures...