Ramadan in Fez, ancient inherited customs and traditions
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Hijri calendar, and this month is sp special for Muslims because it is the month of fasting, where Muslims stop eating and drinking from the dawn until sunset, and from committing taboos and sins the whole month, respecting the sanctity of Ramadan.
A unique social custom prevails in the Moroccan city of Fez in this blessed month. On the evening of the first day of Ramadan, family members of the Fassi family start visiting each other for congratulations and blessings.
The Ramadan table, and for thirty days, gathers family members around it every sunset. The most beautiful times for the Fassi fasting are the ones that he spends at the breakfast table, as it is the time to meet with family, relatives and friends, everyone around one table, sharing one food and one drink, it is a time of family that one rarely finds in other times.
The most famous Moroccan sweets for this month are the “Shabakia” sweets, known in the Levantine and North African countries, it is a sweet-tasting kind wrapped in honey. These sweets invade the markets before and during Ramadan, regardless of the difficulty in preparing it and the time it requires, many Fassi families still maintain the tradition of making it at home collectively.
And among the Moroccan Ramadan sweets, special types for the scientific and spiritual capital of Morocco, Fez, which is the city that is famous of its originality and traditional style, and perhaps the “Filalia” dessert which is famous nationally and regionally, is a great example of that, it is one of the traditional sweet dishes that this city is famous for exclusively, and it consists mainly of honey and almonds, served cold along with butter or ghee.
In the same city, Fez, many other sweets are famous, on top of which is “Kaab al-Ghazal” (Gazelle ankles) known for its high price and delicious taste, and it is prepared with the finest types of dough, in addition to its distinct and expensive filling, consisting mainly of almonds dough, sugar, original musk and butter, and the origin of its name returns back to the form of the Gazelle ankles, presented the shape of the crescent.
In addition to this sweets and dessert, Fassi women intend to prepare “Feqqas“, which is the closest dessert to biscuits, free of filling, and tasty, and making or buying it is affordable for all people, as it depends in preparing on flour, sugar and a little almond for decorating, which can be replaced by raisins.
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These are the most prominent traditions of Ramadan in Fez that go back every year with the crescent of this blessed month and go with it, and it is applied automatically without prior preparation, bearing love, humanity, social cohesion and interdependence in many aspects of life.