Friday, August 17, 2012

Leilat Sabawachrine - A Great Night for Moroccan Children

Last night in Morocco saw the celebration of Leilat Sabawachrine - literally the night of the 27th day of Ramadan. It is a night especially for children - a time when they dress in their finest clothes. For girls this also means having their hands and feet covered in beautiful henna designs and wearing makeup and jewellery. Once dressed, they take to the streets where many of them were happy to receive gifts of sweets of money.

Before the 27th it was the prayer night (the 26th) Leilat Alkadr or "The Night of Destiny" which always falls on one of the last 10 days of the Islamic month of Ramadan. This event is one of the most blessed of all nights in the Islamic calendar year.

Laylat Alkadr (or al Qadr) is known as the Night of Power as it commemorates the night when, according to Islamic belief, God (Allah) revealed the Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,

Being a child at heart, Suzanna Clarke also dressed up for Leilat Sabawachrine and strolled around the Fez Medina where she found parents extremely proud to have their children photographed.

Text: Sandy McCutcheon
Photographs: Suzanna Clarke


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