Moroccan cuisine is as one of the great cuisines of the world. Thanks to Morocco’s interactions with cultures and nations. Many restaurants serve Moroccan food, but the best Moroccan food is found in family homes.
Immerse yourself in a fascinating culture, while learning from its heart and soul by an incredibly unique experience in the joyful company of a local family! It’s a fantastic way to understand and delve into Moroccan culture first-hand, and you’ll no doubt be touched by their beautiful hospitality and generosity while gaining an understanding of local culture and the etiquette involved in visiting a family.
Here are some simple steps that you need to follow and they will welcome you with open hearts–not that you’d expect anything less anyway! This is Morocco after all…it is filled with the friendliest and most warming people you’ll ever meet.
*It is not a definite must, but it will be a nice gesture if you take fruit or a simple gift for the family. It doesn’t need to be fancy, just go by a local street market for fruit or sweets to share.
*For you female travellers, think carefully about what you wear .You’ll need to cover your body. It’s not appropriate to visit a Moroccan family with flesh on show. Moreover, visiting a Moroccan family might be a perfect time to wear something traditional like a “Jellaba” or “Gandoura”. Just take this chance while you are here in Morocco.
*There are different expressions of greeting, but the most common one is “Salam”, which means “Peace”. Men in Morocco shake hands but women kiss each other on the cheek, sometimes three to four times!
*It is common courtesy to take off your shoes while entering a Moroccan home. This mainly refers to houses with carpets. The beautiful and wondrous craftworks that are displayed ever so magnificently are usually used for prayers, and therefore need to be clean and rid of any dirt and dust.
* Please note that it’s not appropriate or acceptable to make conversation or laugh during the call to prayer. Doing so is deemed disrespectful.
*Smoking must be done outside, not indoors at any time.
*You’ll discover that Moroccans love their food -They love their food so much that they always enjoy sharing it. You’ll need to know that Moroccans eat the food with their right hand and they always eat what’s in front of them. So, when the food is on the table, you will know your triangle or section. Simply cut the bowl/dish with your eyes into fours, fives, the number depends only on how many people sitting around the table. Even if you eat everything from our section, you’ll find that the woman whose in charge will push food into your side.
*Nowadays, Moroccans eat couscous using a spoon, but the tradition way is to roll up the couscous into a quick-and-easy-to-eat ball. A fascinating sight; you’ll be trying to imitate them all night! (Note to self: don’t be disappointed if you can’t make a couscous ball straight away – they are born and bred with such techniques.)
*Finally, it will be great if you praise the food by saying ( L-makla bnina) which means (the food is delecious). It will make the family feel happy and pleased.
So follow these handy tips, and you’ll be wholeheartedly welcomed into a Moroccan home. By the end of the night, you’ll no doubt get another invite. And with Moroccan’s being naturally warm, they will most probably say that your entire family can come round for couscous, whenever they visit Morocco.