Romantic Blessings from D’Jemal Fna Marrakech
Everyone who comes to Marrakech can’t help but visit the main square D’Jemal Fna. Day and night the Square is where the action is.
Even if you don’t feel up to ordering from the open air barbecue that happens every sunset.
You can take a stroll and mingle with the crowds who come to watch performances by the street entertainers. The snake charmers will be there you will hear their eerie sound echoing in each corner of the square, the acrobats, and the fortune tellers………….
Along with the musicians who provide the soundtrack for the D’Jemal Fna with their exotic drum rhythms…………
You will also find a group of ladies who at first glance may appear a little scary. If you take a closer look you may notice they are brandishing syringes filled with brown goo. ….
Yikes….. you may think, but dont panic this isn’t some strange and exotic new drug. They don’t wish you any harm. These ladies are actually artists, who just want to give you some romantic blessings Moroccan style……….
The brown goo is henna paste made from ground down henna leaves, some lemon juice, tea and water, kept in (needle less) syringes for easy storage and easy application….. These ladies will invite you to sit with them while you browse their make shift portfolios and when you have agreed on your design (and the price) she will gently take your hand (or any other part of your body within reason) and decorate your skin with strange symbols and talismans, skillfully gliding the syringe across your skin and weaving her magic.
The henna ritual amongst Moroccan women is associated with romance………Henna parties are the Moroccan version of a hen night or bridal shower. The night before a Moroccan bride ties the knot all the women get together for a giggle and a gossip and share with the bride the secrets of a long and lasting marriage and to bless her with baraka. (Good luck) These complex decorative symbols are designed to ward of the evil eye. The henna goo can take some time to dry so this party can go on well into the night………..
Of course this art is not peculiar to Morocco you can find it in India and Asia too, but as the story goes this tradition started in North African cultures and spread.
So if your passing through the square with that special someone don’t forget to stop by the henna lady and add some Moroccan baraka to your romance……