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Thousands of Jewish Pilgrims Pray in Morocco

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photo smdlkjqsmldklqmskd336843771765-1-0Thousands of Jews from MoroccoIsrael and other parts of the world have over the past week carried out an annual pilgrimage to the Islamic nation to honour celebrated rabbis.

Morocco may not be the likeliest of Jewish pilgrim destinations, but the north African nation has for centuries had a vibrant Jewish population and some 1,200 of the faith's pious ancestors are buried in cemeteries here.

In recent days, about 5,000 pilgrims have gathered to pray for peace at sanctuaries and gravesites.

Perhaps the most famous of these burial grounds is that of Amran Ben Diwan, a venerated rabbi who was interred 250 years ago in the mountains of Ouazzane, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of the capital Rabat.

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Sonoma's Wolfert Wins Beard Award for 'Morocco' Cookbook

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dsfkjsdfkljsdklfjsklfjsklfjsklCookbook author Paula Wolfert of Sonoma has won a James Beard Foundation Award for her latest book, “The Food of Morocco” (Ecco Press, 2011).

The ambitious tome, four decades in the making, is regarded as the definitive guide to Morocco's cuisine, culture and people. It took home the prize in the International category.

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Liverpool Checking on Moroccan International Midfielder

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flagandmosdfs6d54fsd31fsdfazersqueMorocco Religion is marked by tolerance towards all religious beliefs. Though Islam is the principal religion of the land, yet other religious sects derive equal treatment and respect which they expect and deserve. 

Islam as the chief Morocco Religion dominates most parts of the country with the highest number of followers. The Sunni sect is prevalent on the land, but that never disrupted the Islamic practices in Morocco.

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'Fragments' Wins Top Prize at National Film Festival

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Festival-nationdfg54dfgdfal-du-Film-copieThe Feature film "Fragments" by Hakim Belabess won, on Saturday, the Grand Prix at the 12 National Film Festival, held on January 21-29 in Tangier under the high patronage of HM King Mohammed VI. 

The jury awarded Meriem Raoui the best female actor prize for her role in Talal Selhami’s "Mirage". 

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Academy Art Museum to 'Paint the Town Moroccan' this weekend

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57187629-nationdqdsqal-art-museumEASTON The Academy Art Museum's annual Paint the Town Moroccan fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. May 5 at the Avalon Theatre, with the enchanting music of the five key regions of Morocco.

Musician Ali Amir was born in Meknes, Morocco, and now lives in Casablanca. He plays Moroccan music with two key instruments: the oud/lute and the violin.

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Morocco Church Looks Different

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photo-sqdqdsqdq-12-12-06-11-34-41Two years ago, many foreign Christians were expelled from Morocco. It changed the face of the Moroccan church. The Christians, for example, now meet in smaller groups than they were used to. Twenty members are a big church nowadays.

2010 was a difficult year for the church in Morocco. "After the foreigners were expelled, almost half of the churches stopped; it was really a big crackdown" says an Open Doors worker responsible for North Africa. A year later, things turned normal again for the estimated 3,000 Christians, but the tendency is to split up the groups of believers into smaller groups.

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Art in Morocco

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Pottery-Zellij-Tour-MoroccoThe eclectic pulse and electrifying atmosphere that can be enjoyed throughout Morocco is largely captured through the brilliant colors and bold designs that are visible in every city. The diverseness of the landscape and the intensity of the culture have been captured in many forms by artists and craftsmen. These can be found in the art galleries of Morocco, as well as in the country's vibrant marketplaces.

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Rhythms of Moroccan Music

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gnaqsdqsdqsdqsdsqwa 1One of the richest aspects of Morocco’s culture is its music. Made up of more than twenty-five different types, Moroccan music reflects the richness of its diversity and echoes its present and past history.
Depending on which region of the country you visit, you will be sure to hear the sounds of Andalusian, Berber, Raï, Chaabi or Gnawa permeating the air. 

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Morocco: A Leader of African Cinema

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untitled-fespacofilmfestivaMorocco has become one of the leaders of the African film production, said Michel Ouedraogo, General delegate of the 22nd Pan-African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO) slated on February 26 to March 5 in Ouagadougou.

"The Moroccan cinema, which will be strongly represented during the FESPACO, has a high quality and holds a special place at the level of African cinema," Ouedraogo told MAP on the sidelines of the 12th National Film Festival of Tangier.

 

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