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January

- 1 New Years day, banks and offices closed
- 11 Manifesto for Independence, banks and offices closed
-  14 & 15 2014 Maoulid Prophets birthday, banks and offices closed, Moussem of Moulay Brahim

-  26 Marrakech International Marathon and Half-Marathon 



February

 
- Almond Tree Blossom Festival in Tafraoute


March

- Biennale Arts and Cultural Festival , day tickets available on the day from the Box Office for as little as 100Dhs
- 15 National Festval of Amazigh Culure - Fes




April

- 11 Jazzablanca, Jazz Festival in Casablanca




May

- 1 Labour Day, banks and offices closed
- 9 - 14 Rose Festival in El Kelaa M’Gouna
- Wax Lantern Festival in Sale


June

- Symphony of the Desert in Ouarzazate
- 7 to 15 World Sacred Music in Fez
- 11 Cherry Festival in Sefrou
- 20 to 23  Gnaoua and World Music in Essaouira, please check with us for exact dates
- Ramadan, month-long daytime fasting throughout Marrakech, food in abundance after sunset, starting about 28 June 2014, throughout the city. Take a traditional ftour at sundown to break the fast. We will offer the 3 superior rooms, at standard room rates, ask us for details. The exact dates are not known until 10 days beforehand.



July

-  Closing for Ramadan and annual maintence, contact us for exact dates

- 1 Marrakech National Festival of Popular Arts, two weeks in July, el Badi Palace and Marrakech
- Camel Festival in Guelmin
- Festival de Casablanca, musical festival
- Lailatul Qadar, night long prayers about 21 July 2014
- 29 Eid al-Fitr, end of Ramadan, street celebrations, throughout the city around 29 July 2014, banks offices and most shops closed.
- 30 Festival of the Throne, banks and offices closed



August

- Contact us for our exact opening date, likely to be mid-August

- Setti Fatma, local moussem religious festival, Setti Fatma near Marrakech
- 14 Allegiance of Oued Edtahab, banks and offices closed 
- Asilah Cultural Festival
- 20 Revolution of the King and the People, banks and offices closed
- 21 Kings Birthday, Festival of Youth, banks and offices closed
- Imilchil, colourful marriage festival of the Aït Haddidou tribe, August or September, Imilchil in the Atlas mountains east of Marrakech



September

- Marrakech Folk Music Festival, local folk music festival, mid-September, venues throughout the city
- Horse festival in Tissa (near Fes)


October

- Around 5 October 2014, two days, exact date variable, Eid el Kebir, feast of Abraham's sacrifice. Banks offices and some shops closed. We will provide special breakast and lunch options for this celebration. Please see the archives of the News from the Riad flash. If you are committed to being in Marrakech at this time we can help you make the most of your stay.
- Dates Festival in Erfoud
- around 26 October 2014, Islamic New Year, banks and offices closed



November

- Around 4 November 2014Ashurra, celebrated in Marrakech as a Festival of Light, drumming groups from each neighbourhood practice for up to 2 weeks before. On the night bonfires are lit and the brave/foolhardy jump through them.
- 6 Green March Day, banks and offices closed
- 18 Independence Day, banks and offices closed 


December

- Marrakech International Film Festival, two weeks in November/December


Some festivals are based on religous holidays, and therefore change date each year. Dates of organised festivals may also vary from year to year. Some you would not notice, for example Islamic New Year and the Prophets Birthday, others you cannot fail to experience, such as Aid el Khebir (or al Adha) and Ashurra, the latter being a big local street music festival. Islamic festivals move forward about 11 days each year on the Gregorian calander.
 
If you want to include an event in your itinerary please contact us to see if we can ascertain the exact date. If you want to have a two centre holiday, combining one of these festivals outside Marrakech with a stay in Marrakech, we can advise on travel arrangements.
 
We can help with participation in some of the events, for example the Marathon and Half-Marathon.

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