Morocco is a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea on the western side. It is bordered on the east by Algeria and on the south by Western Sahara. The capital is Rabat. Moroccan cultural influences are dominated by Berber, Arabian, and European. Here are ten weird facts about Morocco you never knew.
Population: 33.01 million (2013)
Currency: Moroccan dirham
King: Mohammed VI of Morocco
Prime Minister: Abdelilah Benkirane
System of Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Official Language: Arabic, Berber
Weird Facts About Morocco
1. LISTED PRAYER TIMES
The exact time for each of the five times daily Islamic prayers are listed in the local newspaper each day!
2. WEEKEND BEFORE WEEKEND
Moroccan weekend falls on Thursday and Friday. All other days are workdays.
3. WATCH WHEN YOU EAT
During fasting, expatriates are exempt in Morocco. But they must not eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke in public.
4. GREATS POSSESSION
Honor is the most cherished possession; and it reflects on even the extended family.
5. NEVER GET SHAMED
If a person is shamed by behaving inappropriately, he/she could be ostracized by society, even by family!
6. NEPOTISM IS GOOD
Because family is held in high value, nepotism is viewed positively…as it is seen as patronage of one’s family.
7. LEFT TO RIGHT
At a function, people shake hands with guests to their right and continue that way till they end on the left.
8. LEAVE GIFTS WRAPPED
It is viewed as odd to open a gift immediately or right in the presence of the giver.
9. WATCH HOW YOU WASH
At meal, people do not wash hands with the water in the basis. They hold their hands over the basin while water in another container is poured on the hands.
10. “YES” MAY ONLY BE POLITE
When Moroccans agree with you in public, it might just be because they don’t want you to lose face. They are non-confrontational by nature.