Moroccan heritage and various cultural traditions of the Kingdom were celebrated during International Development Week, recently held at the University of Ottawa.
The event was marked by the presence of about 300 students who, dressed in traditional Moroccan costumes, djellabas, caftans and jabadors, took part in delightful musical performances, accompanied by the interpretation of the national anthem.
This participation, initiated by the Association of Moroccan Students of the University of Ottawa, was enhanced by a display of traditional costumes highlighting the ancestral heritage of the different regions of the Kingdom, folk songs, artistic performances in addition to tastings of Moroccan gastronomy.
The association set up a stand decorated in the Moroccan style with a multitude of handicrafts, and beautiful books devoted to Morocco.
In addition to promoting the cultural wealth and diversity of Morocco in the Canadian academic community, the event gives students the opportunity to meet and show their attachment to the country of origin and their solidarity.
In recent years, the Moroccan Student Association of the University of Ottawa has always won, far ahead of many international student associations, the first prize for the most beautiful stand and the most festive celebration.
Celebration of International Development Week (CIDW), offers students from universities in Canada and around the world an opportunity to exchange on various facets of culture and debate issues related to sustainable development.
Some 650 Moroccan students are pursuing their studies at Ottawa’s bilingual university, one of the most renowned in North America.