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.