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Morocco lies on the northwest corner of Africa across the strait of Gibraltar from Spain. About the size of California ,Morocco covers 172,413 square miles (446,550 square kilometers ).
Western Sahara , disputed region which Morocco claims and administers , is 102,703 square miles (266,000 square kilometers) in area.
The official language of Morocco is Arabic. Although French also has official status and is used widely in business, government and high education . Moroccan Arabic called Darija (literary “dialect”), is the most widely spoken tongue.
Derija is quite different from the classical Arabic of the Qur’an .
Many Moroccans understand Arabic dialects in neighboring countries. Imazighen people , or some 60 percent of the population , speak Amazigh dialects in addition to Arabic.
geometric and miomorphic mosaics may not be unique to Morocco, but the Moroccan master craftsmen have elevated this essentially Islamic art to its highest form of expression.
Weddings signify a new union between families and are celebrated as lavishly as possible. A wedding usually lasts two days. The first day is for the bride's female relatives and friends to come together and sing and dance.
They decorate the bride's hands and feet with henna (a red plant
On the second day, the groom's
family and bride's family celebrate the wedding together to
show they are one family.