Sefrou Cherry Festival in Morocco, also known as the Cherry Festival or Moussem Hab Al Moulouk is a famous annual event taking place in Sefrou, a Moroccan city located about twenty kilometers from Fez.
The festival is a Moroccan prestigious beauty contest during which beautiful Moroccan women apply for the cherished title of Miss Cherry.
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Sefrou Cherry Festival Origins
Sefrou Cherry Festival originally launched back in 1920 and beautiful Moroccan women from many religions used to participate. Till now, the festival is very popular among locals. Besides, each year, thousands of tourists come to see the election of Miss Cherry and discover Moroccan culture.
In 2012, Sefrou Cherry Festival was inscribed by UNESCO on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.
Sefrou Cherry Festival Program
During Sefrou festival, you can join the people who venture over the River Aggai to visit the Kef El-Mumen cave. According to the legend, this cave is the resting place of the prophet Daniel.
Attending Sefrou Cherry festival is also a great opportunity to explore Sefrou, one of Morocco most charged cities in History. In fact, Sefrou was a major stopping point for traders who made their way from the Mediterranean to the Desert. Jewish Berber Moroccans and Algerians had been settling in Sefrou since the 13th century.
Sefrou Cherry Festival is annually held in mid-June. During three festive days, Moroccan Folklore is celebrated through the Fantazia, traditional dancing and authentic Moroccan dishes. Many cultural, sportive and artistic competitions are held as well.
Sefrou Cherry Festival 2019 Dates & Calendar
According to Morocco National Tourist Office, this year Sefrou Cherry Festival will take place from June 28th to Jul 1st, 2019.
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