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Ashura: Dar Bellarj Foundation attempt to rejuvenate festivities in Marrakech

The tenth day of Muharam (Ashura), the first month of the Islamic calendar, is a special day for the muslim community. Thus the Dar Bellarj Foundation is conducting a project to reactivate the Ashura celebration in the medina of Marrakech.

This first edition was inaugurated on Tuesday, September 11 through a parade « Hada Ashour Maalina Lhkam … » El Moukef Square, and will run until Saturday, September 22. The « duty of memory » organized by the Dar Bellarj Foundation aims at preserving the festivities of Ashura in Marrakech as well as the Daqqa Marrakchia, this ancestral music originating from the ocher city.

In this manner, the Foundation relies on a scientific and artistic committee and joins the participation of Awaln’art to support the development of the project. The latter consists of collecting, archiving, transmitting and valuing the various elements and stakeholders of the festival

The project then invites all audiences (inhabitants, artists, academics and intellectuals, craftsmen, maalem, young people, etc.) to gather each year during Ashura celebration.  » This annual reminder helps to strengthen the artistic, cultural and tourist potential of the city through the enhancement of its intangible heritage, » said Maha El Mahdi, Director of the Dar Bellarj Foundation.  » It values the results of our involvement with neighborhood residents and mainly women, ‘gifted moms’ « .

In Sunni Islam, Ashura marks the day that Moses and the Israelites were saved from Pharaoh by God creating a path in the Red Sea. Some people honor the day by fasting on the 9th and 10th of Muharram following the Prophet Muhammad’s decision to fast the day, too, as a means to thank God for his mercy and grace.

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