The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) should include the Moroccan hospitality in its list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity, wrote the Chilean webjournal “Primera Nota”.
In an article, Chilean writer Patricia Cerda describes her memories of Morocco, “a mixture of living history, exotic magic and hospitality”, guided by the imagination of the novels of Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo.
“My desire to get to know this country goes back to my student days, when I was reading Juan Goytisolo’s novels. I was fascinated by the way this great Spanish writer intertwined the history of Spain with the present and the Arab world,” Cerda wrote.
By visiting the ochre city, Juan Goytisolo’ adopted imperial city, the Chilean author was finally able to “understand his enthusiasm for Marrakesh and Morocco in general.”
At the Jamaâ El-Fna Square, “a magical place and a heart of Marrakech”, the visitor discovers the magic of the city in the middle of narrow streets decorated with all kinds of products and rich in colors and scents carrying the distant memories of the “caravans of the Far East”.
In Casablanca, the economic capital of the Kingdom, Patricia Cerda took part, on 6 February last, in the 26th International Book and Publishing Fair (Siel).
During this literary visit, the Chilean writer presented the Arabic translation of her novel “Mestiza”.
While travelling through Morocco, Patricia Cerda had the opportunity to discover the legendary hospitality of the Moroccans.
Her trip to Rabat, Casablanca and Laâyoune allowed her to discover a welcoming and hospitable country, rich in a culture that is both millenarian and ancestral. “UNESCO should include Moroccan hospitality in its list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity,” she concluded.