Moroccan monarchist wedding experience x 2

During my recent trip to Morocco, I had the pleasure of attending two separate wedding ceremonies, both with one thing in common: pictures of King Mohammad VI hanging, along with the occasional nationalist song played by the band.

This die-hard nationalism and constant need to invoke the king’s name along with praise and prayers just baffles me. I’m used to seeing it in public locations, sometimes in private settings, but weddings? Two weddings in a row? Imagine that for one moment, the atmosphere is all festive as the band plays some traditional chaabi music, everyone’s dancing, having a great time–then BAM, the band switches it up to a hardcore nationalist song that sounds like what could have been chants during the 1975 Green March to the Western Sahara. Am I unique in this experience, or is this common place during recent weddings in Morocco?

I study and research Moroccan politics extensively. I breathe and live Moroccan politics. Discussing and debating Moroccan politics is one of my favorite things to do, especially in Morocco. But the infiltration of this default political view that is automatically pro-monarchy and in favor of the annexation of the Western Sahara without any critical thinking and just because it’s been the norm for the past few generations is on a level that is just insane. When it comes to the point that while attending a wedding, seeing portraits of the royal family and listening to songs which urge the annexation of a contested territory is totally normal, it reflects not only the political discourse of our time but also demonstrates the extent to which the regime has essentially penetrated the subconscious of the people.

Let me just simplify it:

IT IS NOT NORMAL TO SEE PORTRAITS OF THE PERSON WHO RULES YOUR COUNTRY AS AN UNCHECKED LEADER AND LISTEN TO SONGS WHICH URGE THE ANNEXATION OF A TERRITORY THAT IS CONTESTED UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW WHILE AT A WEDDING.

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3 thoughts on “Moroccan monarchist wedding experience x 2

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    a Little Paroxysm: “…IT IS NOT NORMAL TO SEE PORTRAITS OF THE PERSON WHO RULES YOUR COUNTRY AS AN UNCHECKED LEADER AND LISTEN TO SONGS WHICH URGE THE ANNEXATION OF A TERRITORY THAT IS CONTESTED UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW WHILE AT A WEDDING…”

    a Different Perspective: I am fascinated by Moroccan weddings. They are a full on display of the most agreed upon and common elements of what Morocco is and means!

    All the elements are there: the social interaction styles, the guest types, the musics played, the outfits worn, the foods eaten, the smiles, and the tensions.

    To me anything that becomes a staple element of moroccan weddings is an addition to the Moroccan identity.

    The king’s portrait and the nationalistic songs have made it under M6. No incentives, no enforcement, just a national unspoken choice that is as natural as Couscous on Fridays.

    Could it be a reaction to the blend political standards (international law as a validation of what national identity should be)? Is it a warning to all those nibbling at the edges of the Moroccan national identity?

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  2. The writer of this article stated that “he breaths and live on Moroccan politics”. I guess Algeria is paying you some serious money…

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