The Role of Scented Water in Morocco
In many cultures, meals are often eaten from a communal dish, and instead of utensils diners use their hands. There are many different rules of etiquette when sharing a communal meal, such as knowing which hand to use, where to sit, and when to begin eating. One of the most important is handwashing.
In Morocco, this has traditionally been done with rose water or orange water. Orange water is seen as a sign of luck. Rose water is also used for a number of purposes, such as skincare, haircare, and perfume.
And did you know that Morocco is known for its Valley of the Roses? It’s located in the country’s Ouarzazate province, largely known as the filming location for films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and Babel. This valley produces between 3,000 and 4,000 tons of roses each year. They also host an annual Rose Festival, where the streets are lined with stalls where vendors sell all sorts of wares, including many rose products.
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