What’s happening around the world? Check out this calendar to find out what featured cultural celebrations are taking place!
What it celebrates: Almonds are delicious, so why not celebrate them? The Almond Tree Festival takes place in Tafraoute, a town known for growing almonds. This festival attracts people from all over to celebrate and view the beautiful blossoming almond trees. During this time, there are many vendors who sell various almond products. There is also lots of singing, dancing, and story telling to create an exciting and bustling atmosphere.
What YOU can do: If you like almonds, this is the festival for you. Try to sample different almond products, or even create some of your own!
Check out these recipes for some fun ideas:
What it celebrates: Known by many as "Magie Maroc", this celebration takes place in the city of Marrakech and has magic show performances from professional magicians as well as amateurs. Many of these performances are by well-known magicians and one of the main shows takes place in the beautiful Marrakech Royal Theatre.
What YOU can do: Put on a magic show with your friends! Invite some family, friends, and neighbors and prepare to amaze them (you can even look up some magic tricks online if you want to learn some stunts you may not have already known).
What it celebrates: The "Sand Marathon" takes place outside the city of Ouarzazate and is a tradition that has taken place for over 25 years! The marathon covers almost 150 miles and the ground that the competitors must cover is quite difficult to travel on (they have to go over rocks and sand). They also have to carry all their own supplies.
What YOU can do: Sign up to run a marathon. Training with friends and family is tough, but the payoff is when you finish running the race that you have been training for. Sign up for a local race and start training!
What it celebrates: Love tennis? Located in Casablanca, the Grand Prix Hassan II has been taking place since 1986. It is an event on the ATP World Tour 250 series and many professional tennis players from around the world attend it.
What YOU can do: Many websites stream the tournament live. If you enjoy watching tennis, it could be fun to watch the match. If you prefer playing, set up a match between you and your friends. Whoever wins is the local Grand Prix Hassan II 2013 winner!
What it celebrates: Eid al Fitr is an important Islamic holiday which signals the end of Ramadan (Islamic holy month of fasting from dawn to sunset). Also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, the Sugar Fest, Bayram, the Sweet Festival, and the Lesser Eid, this is a day that ends the 29/30 days of fasting and represents unity of Muslims throughout the world.What YOU can do: Invite some friends over and try out the recipes in the Oman recipe section!