Traditional Moroccan Tea Ceremony: What It Is & How To Do It (2023)

By Nina Clapperton

When most people think of Morocco, they probably imagine a camel ride through the Sahara Desert, or perhaps picturesque scenes of whitewashed villages against a backdrop of rugged mountains.

But there’s another side to the country that’s just as alluring: its centuries-old tradition of hospitality that is on full display during the elaborate tea ceremonies.

Tea ceremonies may be more commonly linked to Japan or the ornate British high tea that many enjoy on visits; but the sedate practice in Morocco was what called to me when I first arrived in Northern Africa.

You won’t want to miss out on an opportunity to experience a traditional Moroccan tea ceremony for yourself.

Moroccan Mint Tea History

Mint tea wasn’t always a staple in Morocco. In fact, it’s a rather new tradition.

The practice was introduced when the British arrived in the 18th century with what they called “gunpowder tea”.

This was an early type of black tea that got its name from the fact that tiny pellets of the dried leaves would “pop” like fireworks when brewed.

The British were looking for new markets to export their tea to and found a willing partner in Morocco.

The high-quality green tea grown in the Moroccan mountains was a perfect pairing with the aromatic mint that is abundant in the country. They freshened this bitter tea with sugar and fresh mint leaves that made it much more palatable.

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Experiencing A Moroccan Tea Ceremony

While you can find mint tea in cafes throughout Morocco, nothing beats the experience of enjoying it in the company of a local host.

A typical Moroccan tea ceremony will last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. It’s a time-honored tradition that is steeped in hospitality and respect.

When I arrived in Marrakech, I was greeted at my riad — a traditional Moroccan house with a garden on the inside — with a Moroccan tea ceremony.

I was led to a room with a crackling fireplace and an amalgamation of Berber and Moroccan rugs across the floor, and we sat on round ottomans that looked like giant pillows in traditional prints.

My host had laid out a plate of cookies and what looked like shot glasses wrapped in intricate iron lacing.

He poured a steady stream into the glasses from over a foot above the glass with a silver kettle, dimpled slightly to reflect the light.

Once he had poured the filtered mint tea into my glass, he offered it to me on the silver tray and gestured to the cookies.

That was my first experience with a Moroccan tea ceremony.

It wasn’t flashy or a big production. It was done with small gestures that clearly meant something to the culture.

I was too jetlagged to really appreciate the symbolism or to ask more about it; but, it made me feel warm and welcomed.

Mint Tea With Local Women

After learning the basics of mint tea ceremonies and becoming truly addicted to the tea — so much so that I was running through at least three kettles a day — I decided to book a local cooking class.

Amal Women’s Center and Restaurant is a non-profit community organization that teaches local women English and business skills in exchange for them working in their restaurants.

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The locals get to practice their English on customers, learn how a business operates, and take classes to work towards university degrees.

I thought it would be all about the cookies, but as a bonus, they also taught me how to have a traditional tea ceremony, and what all of the movements symbolized.

My guide was a lovely young woman named Fatima who was working towards her law degree. She had impeccable English and endless knowledge of Moroccan culture.

After touring their fresh mint garden, she led me to an outdoor seating area. There was a red Moroccan rug on the ground that stretched the length of the patio. On top of it were small pastel-colored pillows that bordered the carpeted area.

She had me sit — kneeling or cross-legged as I wished — on the carpet while she fetched the ingredients we needed. When she laid them out before me, it again all looked very simple.

There was a silver teapot made of real silver so it could be heated over a bunsen burner-style flame, two of those little shot glasses with silver trimming, a few sugar cubes, a handful of fresh mint that we picked from the garden, a small satchel of dried tea leaves, and water.

That’s all it took to create this amazing tea that I still salivate when thinking of.

What To Expect At A Moroccan Mint Tea Ceremony

Okay, so if you’ve never been to a Moroccan mint tea ceremony, here is what you can expect:

1. The host will start by boiling water and adding gunpowder green tea to the pot. If the teapot is not real silver and cannot be heated, this can be done in a kettle on the stove and then poured into the silver teapot.

2. Next, fresh mint leaves are added to the pot.

3. Sugar is then added to taste. Do not stir it!

4. Steep the tea for two minutes.

5. Pour the tea into the glasses, then pour that tea back into the teapot. This is how you stir the flavors and ensure the sugar is broken up. It also creates a foam that is believed to add air to the tea.

6. When the tea is ready to be served, pour it into the glasses from the silver teapot. You should always pour at least six inches above the cup. The higher you go, the more respect you’re showing.

7. Drink and enjoy with your cookies!

I made the mistake of trying to stir in the sugar — years of living in the UK make it a reflex! Fatima immediately caught my hand and told me to stop.

The right way to do it is to let the sugars mix in as you pour. It ensures that you don’t mash up any of the tea or the mint, and saves you from cleaning a spoon.

Why Is Moroccan Tea Poured From A Height?

Fatima asked me to pour the tea, but instructed me to raise the teapot as high as possible.

I was terrified I’d spill it everywhere and destroy the beautiful hand-woven rug we were sitting on; but, she assured me that it would be okay.

I started low — around six inches above the tiny glass cups — and rose as I gained confidence. The thin spouts of the teapots in Morocco make it very easy to be accurate with your pour.

“Why do I need to pour it high?” I asked, unsure if there was some more mixology happening that I wasn’t aware of.

“To show respect,” she replied.

Moroccan mint tea ceremonies are done in front of your guest. You do the entire process, from boiling to serving, in front of them.

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The more care and time you take, the more respect you’re showing. By pouring the tea high, you’re instilling more respect upon your guest.

However, pouring the tea low isn’t just a way to signal your disdain. It’s also used in Moroccan arranged marriages.

In Morocco, arranged marriage is very normal. The two families bring their children together for a multi-generational meeting and discuss the match.

When the tea is poured, the young woman can accept or reject the match depending on the height of her pour of the tea. A low pour means that she is rejecting the man. A high pour allows the conversation of marriage to continue.

Symbolism Of The Moroccan Tea Ceremony

The Moroccan tea ceremony is more than just a way to enjoy a cup of tea. It is also a symbol of the country’s rich culture and hospitality.

The host will often offer their guests multiple cups of tea, which is a sign of respect.

It is also seen as an act of generosity, as the host is sharing their time and their tea with their guests.

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Tea With Fatima

The tea ceremony doesn’t finish with the pour. From there, you must leisurely drink the tea.

It’s a relaxing and almost meditative experience to go through this ceremony. You find yourself focusing on the pours of the tea back and forth between the teapot like you would focus on your breath in yoga.

Then you warm your soul with this soothing cup of tea and deliciously sweet cookies. It was even cooler that I’d baked the cookies with these amazing local women.

But my favorite part was then getting to relax and speak with Fatima about her life and her dreams.

Tea created a bridge for us to talk for nearly an hour about her goals of law school, her children, and her love of Morocco.

I felt like I’d made a best friend as we refilled our little glass cups over and over.

By the end, she taught me how to say thank you in Berber and wrote it on a piece of paper for me to take home.

I was genuinely saddened to leave the Amal Women’s Center and Restaurant, even if I was armed with a baggie of gunpowder tea and a box of homemade cookies to enjoy later.

Do You Cheers In A Mint Tea Ceremony?

Moroccans do not clink glasses or say cheers in a tea ceremony.

Instead, they raise their glasses and look each other in the eye before drinking.

Mint Tea & Morocco

Throughout the rest of my month in Morocco, mint tea was everywhere. It was a kind of defining characteristic of the country, even more so than Moroccan couscous, tajines, and hammam spas.

I started every morning with a delicious Moroccan breakfast and a cuppa, and seemed to find myself bookmarking every major event in the country with it — from buying my first Berber carpet (even though I was living nomadically without a home) to shopping the local souk for groceries.

Every amazing activity had mint tea. And I began to notice the ways people made alterations.

More tourist-y places had clearly pre-made the tea and only poured it in front of guests. They often didn’t even pour it very high, since guests didn’t understand the significance.

Some places skipped the mint and just put in gunpowder tea with a hint of mint oil, which tasted much less appealing.

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But traditional places, like at a Moroccan hammam spa I visited, you’d get the real deal.

When they really wanted to impress us, they’d do a high pour and fill multiple glasses at once with that pour.

It’s little bits of showmanship like that that add an extra hint of sweetness to the tea, even without sugar.

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What Do Moroccans Have With Tea?

Moroccans often enjoy sweet pastries or cookies with their tea. This is another way of showing hospitality and inviting their guests to stay longer and enjoy more of their company.

Some of the most popular pastries include:

  • Ghoriba
  • Kaab el ghazal (Gazelle horns)
  • Almond briouat
  • Fekkas

These and other sweets are an important part of Morocco food culture.

If you’re ever lucky enough to experience a Moroccan tea ceremony, be sure to enjoy the tea, the sweets, and the company of your gracious host!

When Do You Drink Moroccan Tea?

Tea happens at any time of day in Morocco.

My riad served mint tea with breakfast. I’d write in their cushioned alcoves and suddenly have another pot appear before me. Even before bed, they’d offer a fresh pot of this highly caffeinated tea.

No matter when you enjoy tea, it’ll be acceptable to ask for a pot of mint tea or “Berber Whiskey” as the locals sometimes call it.

What Types Of Tea Can You Use?

While gunpowder green tea is the most traditional type of tea to use, you can also experiment with other types of tea.

Some of the most popular include:

  • Jasmine tea
  • Earl Grey tea
  • Chamomile tea

The different types of tea will impact the flavor, especially if you choose something more flower-y like chamomile.

Be sure to use fresh mint and not mint tea.

Moroccan Mint Uses

Moroccan mint is a type of spearmint that is commonly used in Moroccan cuisine.

It has a slightly sweeter flavor than regular spearmint and is often used to flavor tea, lamb dishes, and salads.

You can steep it alone in water for fresh mint tea or combine it with gunpowder tea to make traditional Moroccan tea.

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Classic Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe

Tea recipes vary in Morocco, but this is the one I was taught by Fatima. It’s one I’ve continued to make as I travel the world, trying to grasp onto the sense of community I felt from that small experience.

This recipe makes about 4-6 small cups of Moroccan mint tea in a Moroccan silver teapot, depending on the size of the kettle.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Chinese green gunpowder tea (you can usually find this at Chinese supermarkets)
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint
  • Sugar cubes (brown or white, your choice)
  • Hot water to fill the teapot
  • 1 Moroccan teapot with a handle cozy
  • 2 Moroccan teacups

If your teapot can be put on a stove directly, fill it 3/4 with water and place it on top to boil. Otherwise, use a kettle to pre-boil your water.

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Then add the gunpowder tea to the teapot. If you pre-boiled the water, pour it over the tea.

Let it stand for 2 minutes.

Add about 10 sprigs of mint into the teapot. You will need to slightly crush them to fit them in. That’s good; it brings out the flavors.

Add 1-3 sugar cubes. Moroccan tea is typically very sweet. You usually add 2-3 based on the size of the cube. I prefer 1 cube, as I prefer to sweeten it with the amount of cookies I eat.

The tea now needs to be poured between the glasses from a high height to start stirring the flavors together.

Pour out one full glass. Then pour the glass back into the teapot.

Repeat until the tea is mixed and starting to foam when you pour it.

Serve with cookies.

How To Experience A Traditional Moroccan Tea Ceremony

If you’re looking to experience a traditional tea ceremony for yourself in Morocco, you’ll want to avoid tourist hot spots.

These places will offer you tea, but skip the proper ceremony.

For example, every carpet store you visit will offer you a glass of mint tea; but, none of them will pour it in front of you.

Instead, look for local experiences.

Visit a traditional hammam that local women attend. Visit the Amal Women’s Center and Restaurant for a baking or cooking class. Meet with locals, like the owner of your accommodation.

The best way to have a truly traditional experience is to have it with the locals.

In Conclusion

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a fresh, hot cup of Moroccan mint tea while sitting in the company of friends or family. This centuries-old tradition is steeped in symbolism and meaning, and is a beloved part of Moroccan culture.

Whether you’re a tea lover or not, I encourage you to give it a try. Who knows, you might just find yourself becoming a convert!

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Nina Clapperton, founder of Nina Out and About, is an expert expat. She shares her passion for living abroad with young women, to empower them to live their dreams today. If she can move to Italy alone at 16, anyone can do it!

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FAQs

What is Moroccan tea ceremony? ›

The moroccan tea ceremony is a tradition to close any meal of the day. it is served not only at mealtimes but all though the day, to share with family or friends, it is especially a drink of hospitality, commonly served whenever there are guests. Prepare your tea pot by adding 1 tbsp of green gun powder tea.

Why do Moroccans pour tea from a height? ›

Pouring the tea from a height is thought to cool the tea, aerate the water through the bubbles after pouring, or give the tea texture through the little bubbles that characterise each sip. As a guest in Morocco, there will always be a glass of sweet, honey-hued Moroccan tea nearby.

What is special about Moroccan tea? ›

Moroccan Mint Tea Soothes the Mind & Nerves

Moroccan mint tea, especially when infused with green tea leaves, contains an amino acid called l-Theanine. This compound is known to raise your levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of relaxation and calmness.

What is Moroccan tea made of? ›

The ingredients are fresh mint, sugar, water and gunpowder tea. Gunpowder tea is a type of green Chinese tea in which each leaf has been rolled into a small round pellet. When the round pellets are hydrated they become surprisingly large, take a look it, it's fun!

How is a tea ceremony performed? ›

The tea ceremony consists of the host first bringing the tea utensils into the room, offering the guests special sweets, and then preparing and serving them tea made of pulverized tea leaf stirred in hot water.

What happens at a tea ceremony? ›

A tea ceremony is a Chinese tradition wherein the bride and groom serve tea to their respective families, including parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, and other esteemed elders. The couple receives well wishes and gifts, and it's an act of welcoming either the bride or the groom, thereby unifying both families.

What happens if tea steeps too long? ›

Steep the tea for too long, and you'll end up with an unpleasantly strong, bitter cup. Steep the tea for too short a time, and you'll have a weak, flavorless cup of tea. Making matters even more complicated, different teas require different steep times in order to bring out their best flavor.

What do Moroccans eat with tea? ›

Tea accompanies most traditional dishes of Morocco: couscous, tajine, tanjia or B'Sara (bean soup). You can also enjoy your tea with Moroccan pastries: cornes de gazelle, chebakia, sweet briouates… It's delicious!

What kind of mint is used in Moroccan tea? ›

The mint used in traditional Moroccan mint tea is spearmint, also called Nana Mint.

Does Moroccan tea make you sleepy? ›

Moroccan mint tea for better sleep

Taking it before bed may help you relax; it could be the perfect tea for those with sleeping disorders. Many know it as an anti-stress tea that contains anti-inflammatory properties to relax your body, encourage sleep, and improve your overall sleep quality.

What do Moroccans like eating? ›

The main Moroccan dish people are most familiar with is couscous; beef is the most commonly eaten red meat in Morocco, usually eaten in a tagine with a wide selection of vegetables. Chicken is also very commonly used in tagines or roasted. They also use additional ingredients such as plums, boiled eggs, and lemon.

What is the name of Moroccan tea? ›

Maghrebi mint tea (Maghrebi Arabic: أتاي, atay; Arabic: الشاي بالنعناع, romanized: aš-šhāy bin-na'nā'; Berber languages: ⴰⵜⴰⵢ, romanized: atay), also known as Moroccan mint tea, is a North African green tea prepared with spearmint leaves and sugar. Atay, Atay b'naanaa, Shay-b'naanaa.

What are the 4 basic spices used in Moroccan cuisine? ›

The four most basic spices used in Moroccan cooking are cumin, black pepper, ginger and turmeric. Other common spices found in many dishes are saffron, paprika, cayenne, chilli (harissa), cinnamon, and sometimes white pepper. There are also some special blends of spices that are used extensively in Moroccan cooking.

What is the favorite drink of Moroccans? ›

The most popular drink in Morocco is green tea with mint. Throughout Morocco, making good tea is considered an art form and it is considered a tradition to drink tea often with family and friends.

What alcohol do Moroccans drink? ›

Beer and wine are produced domestically. They also tend to be the most popular drinks in Morocco. Various types of wine are available, including Moroccan grey wine.

What is the first thing you do when served the tea? ›

What is this? Afternoon tea etiquette is to eat the sandwiches first, then the scones, then the pastries. Some places will serve the food in courses, so you won't have to worry about remembering the order.

What are the 7 elements for making and serving tea? ›

by Miho Okamoto |
  • “Make the tea good to drink.”
  • “Lay the charcoal so it boils the water.”
  • “The flowers should be as they are in the fields.”
  • “In summer suggest coolness, in winter warmth.”
  • “Be early for the appointed time.”
  • “Even if it's not raining be prepared.”
  • “Be considerate of the guests.”
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What food is served at a tea ceremony? ›

The basic flow of KAISEKI (懐石) dishes in the formal tea gathering is first of all, soup, rice, and MUKOUDUKE (向付) which is a dish of seasonal food such as raw fish are served in a large square tray called OSHIKI (折敷). This is followed by simmered food called NIMONOWAN (煮物椀) and grilled food called YAKIMONO (焼物).

What do you wear to a traditional tea ceremony? ›

Clothing choice

In Japanese culture, the kimono is worn in a formal or celebratory ceremony. In the case of tea ceremony, usually a plain or undecorated kimono is worn. Patterns are acceptable as long as the kimono is not flashy. For men, hakama are worn.

How should a guest behave at a tea ceremony? ›

Once inside a tea room, there are a few additional rules that apply.
  1. Let the host seat you.
  2. Enter on your knees. Avoid stepping on the center of the mats. ...
  3. Turn the cup slightly when it is passed to you to avoid drinking from the front where the last guest's lips touched (for hygiene).
  4. Eat what is given to you.
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Why should you not squeeze a tea bag? ›

The liquid that remains trapped inside the tea bag has even higher instances of tannic acid than what is able to steep out of the bag on it's own. By squeezing the tea bag, you inadvertently release these tannic acids into your tea and in turn create a far more bitter, sour and acidic cup of tea.

Do you take the tea bag out after it steeps? ›

After steeping about three to five minutes, remove the bag with your spoon and hold it over the cup so it can drain, then place the bag on your saucer. When tea is served in a mug without a saucer, go ahead and ask for a small dish.

How many minutes should you steep tea? ›

Pour the water over the tea and steep for 3 to 7 minutes

Herbal infusions need the most steeping (5 to 7 minutes); white teas need the least (just a minute or two). For every other tea (black, green, oolong, dark), you can probably get away with 3 minutes.

What do Moroccan eat for breakfast? ›

For breakfast, many Moroccans eat bread with olive oil, jam, butter olives, tea, and different kinds of Moroccan crepes. Lunch is the main meal in Moroccan. Most families eat the midday meal at home together before going back to work.

Do Moroccan eat rice? ›

Moroccan chef Aghchoui and his team tell us that Moroccans rarely eat rice, possibly only once a year — a revelation that shocked us. The first course in a Moroccan meal may consist of salad or soup, and the traditional bread.

What is Morocco favorite breakfast? ›

In Morocco bread is eaten with every meal and breakfast is not an exception. Pancakes and cakes made from semolina are also frequent guests on the table. Other Moroccan breakfast staples are fresh goat's cheese and olives. Such a popular in many countries morning meal option as fried egg is beloved in Morocco too!

When should I drink Moroccan mint tea? ›

In the Arab world, mint tea will typically only be served after a meal, however Moroccan tea is served throughout the day and may be offered to guests at any time. It not only represents hospitality, it's also deeply rooted in their tradition so it would be considered an insult if you were to refuse it.

Is Moroccan mint tea served hot or cold? ›

Traditionally, Moroccan tea is served warm, but I decided to make an iced version, with a hint of lemon and topped off with just a little sparkling water for some fizzy action. It's super refreshing and perfect for a sunny day.

What is the difference between mint and Moroccan mint? ›

Moroccan mint looks very similar most common mint varieties but is more compact in shape. The leaves are a bright green color, with slightly toothed edges. The plant itself has soft stems and the leaves grow closely together.

Is Moroccan tea green or black? ›

Also known as Maghrebi mint tea, Moroccan mint tea is made using classic green tea. Although recipes differ from country to country and taste to taste, the traditional blend is green tea leaves, spearmint leaves, sugar and hot water.

How do you drink Moroccan tea? ›

It's a ritual here

Expect to be offered a glass of mint tea upon arrival at someone's home, in the souks when negotiating a sale, and even following a hammam. When serving the tea, the first glass is typically poured three times to ensure the tea is perfectly blended and sweetened.

What does Moroccan tea smell like? ›

Moroccan Tea was launched in 2014. The nose behind this fragrance is Jérôme Epinette. Top notes are Mint, Lemon and Cardamom; middle notes are Mate, Orange Blossom and Almond; base notes are Brown sugar, Cedar, Musk and Sandalwood.

What is Morocco's most famous dish? ›

Couscous

One of the foremost popular Moroccan dishes is couscous. Traditionally, it's made from wheat pasta, which is rolled and sliced by hand. It's steamed with stewed meat and seasonal vegetables.

What time is dinner in Morocco? ›

Dinner tends to be served after the sunset prayer, and is more along Mediterranean and Latin times, from 7 or 7:30pm to 10:30 or 11pm. A popular pastime in Morocco -- and one I am particularly fond of -- is an after-dinner stroll, followed by an ice cream or cake and coffee.

What is Morocco's signature dish? ›

Couscous (National Dish of Morocco)

Couscous is originally from Morocco and typically served with meat or vegetable stew. Traditionally, they prepare couscous on the Muslim holy day (Friday) and for special occasions, but you can find it at most restaurants and cafes.

How much tea do Moroccans drink? ›

As locals sip their tea 20 to 30 times throughout the day, the essential drink can accompany anything sweet and savoury. From wholesome couscous and nourishing tagine to moist cornes de gazelle and biscotti-like Fekkas, any Moroccan dish can have mint tea on the side.

What are the 7 types of spices? ›

Seven-spices is the most well-known and utilized spice blend in Lebanon. An aromatic combination of allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, ground cloves, cumin, ground coriander, and white pepper.

What herb goes with Moroccan? ›

Among the more popular ones are cardamom, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, dry ginger, chili peppers, coriander seed, peppercorn, sweet and hot paprika, fenugreek, and turmeric. Cooks use it on poultry, fish, vegetables and couscous.

What vegetables are common in Moroccan cooking? ›

Some of the most common vegetables used in Moroccan cooking include carrots, potatoes, eggplant, zucchini, and pumpkin. All of these vegetables work perfectly with traditional Moroccan spices.

What animal represents Morocco? ›

The Barbary lion is the official national animal of Morocco, and it represents the Moroccan. It is commonly depicted in clothing featuring the Moroccan flag colors, while the Moroccan coat-of-arms has two lions supporting the shield.

What kind of milk do they drink in Morocco? ›

The coagulated milk is called raib. It can be consumed as such or churned in a clay jar to separate the liquid phase (lben) from fat (zabda). Jben is prepared by placing the coagulated milk in a cloth at room temperature and draining the whey. Salt is added to jben made in northern Morocco.

Do Moroccan people drink alcohol? ›

Morocco allows the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol must be purchased and consumed in licensed hotels, bars, and tourist areas. You can also buy alcohol in most major supermarkets. The alcohol section is usually in a separate room from the main supermarket.

What is forbidden in Morocco? ›

Sexual acts between members of the same sex, or outside marriage, are illegal. Possessing pornographic material is also illegal. Understand and follow local laws. Morocco has strict laws around religion, the monarchy, alcohol, photography and drone use.

What should I avoid in Morocco? ›

Just remember that Morocco is a Muslim country. It is advised to avoid necklines, shorts, tank tops, and mini skirts. Do as you feel, Moroccans are used to tourists but you'll be more comfortable if you dress more properly.

What happens if you drink tap water in Morocco? ›

In the major cities in Morocco, the tap water is chlorinated and will usually cause no harm, but it's still wise to either purify this water yourself or choose another water source, as your body may react to unfamiliar bacteria in the water, causing sickness or diarrhea.

What does the tea ceremony symbolize? ›

Japanese Tea Ceremony represents harmony, respect, purity and tranquillity which we must embrace in order to achieve the main purpose of the tea ceremony. This event is unique as every process from the tea equipment preparation until the tea is drun/ has a distinctive technique.

What happens in a Moroccan engagement? ›

First is the proposal: the young man and his family come to the house of the young woman's family, bearing many expensive gifts. The families share a dinner and the young man asks for the young woman's hand in marriage. This is an opportunity for the two families to see how well they would blend together.

What are Moroccan wedding traditions? ›

Moroccan traditional wedding

Tradition dictates that the groom's family asks officially for the bride's hand in marriage to the woman's family. It's a very important and symbolic step because it is the first meeting of the groom and bride parents'.

What is a tea ceremony spiritual? ›

The Japanese tea ceremony is a spiritual ritual deeply rooted in Chinese Zen philosophy were the ultimate aim is to attain deep spiritual satisfaction through drinking tea with complete awareness and appreciation for the beauty and uniqueness of the present moment.

What are the four principles of the tea ceremony? ›

The tea ceremony is marked by four basic principles: Harmony (wa), Respect (kei), Purity (sei), Tranquility (jaku). In the tea ceremony, every movement, every step and every moment is precisely defined.

What do you wear for tea ceremony? ›

Clothing choice

In Japanese culture, the kimono is worn in a formal or celebratory ceremony. In the case of tea ceremony, usually a plain or undecorated kimono is worn. Patterns are acceptable as long as the kimono is not flashy. For men, hakama are worn.

What is Moroccan retirement age? ›

To benefit from a pension from the CNSS, the insured must prove at the retirement age (60 years) of an insurance period of at least 3,240 days.

What color do Moroccan brides wear? ›

For most traditional weddings the bride will wear a green Moroccan wedding dress for the henna ceremony. Most brides will also choose a white or cream dress when they are presented in the amaria. Other colors they choose may depend on their style preferences.

How long does a traditional Moroccan wedding last? ›

A Three Day Party

Traditional Moroccan weddings used to last seven days. The bride and groom's families used to have parties in their own homes before the day where the bride actually meets the groom.

What is the color of mourning in Morocco? ›

Mourning Period

Unlike in many cultures, Moroccan people wear white rather than black while grieving. They associate the color white with calmness and tranquility. For widows, they host a feast to honor their late husband on the 40th day after his death.

What are some Moroccan traditions? ›

Traditionally, food is taken only by the right hand, with three fingers. Bowls of water are prepared for washing hands before and after meals. Moroccans never consume bread during meals as they take a respectful attitude to this important food. Three cups of tea are usually drunk in small sips.

Can men have more than one wife in Morocco? ›

Polygamy in Morocco is legal, but very uncommon due to restrictions that were introduced by the government in 2004 that mandated financial qualifications a husband must meet in order to marry a second wife. A husband must have written permission from his current wife before marrying a second wife.

Do you take a gift to a tea? ›

Arrive on time. A hostess gift isn't generally expected for a tea party, but if you choose to bring one, keep it simple. The hostess will appreciate some flavored loose tea, a new tea ball, or a candle. Wrap it or place it in a gift bag and hand it to her as soon as you arrive.

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How much you give is up to you, although many tea ceremony ang bao contain smaller amounts. “Any of the auspicious denominations, such as $38, $88, $138, would do,” says June.

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