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Location: Meknes&Rissani, Morocco, and Boston USA
At the Valley of the Roses, the Rose feast takes place annually in El Kelaa des M'Gouna every 15th-28th days of May. El Kelaa of M'Gouna is believed as the capital of Rose in Morocco. Every May of each year, fields of roses are cropped in order to produce natural, perfumed rose-water, rose-oil, and rose creams, which are very useful in perfumery and cosmetics.
El Kelaa sounds marvelous all year round, yet the best time to visit is in the midst of May when the rose farmers from the surrounding areas gather to celebrate the year's harvest. the harvest season represents a workshop of love and peace, and the terminate celebrations of the harvesting season are all the vivacious for it. The lively celebrations atmosphere teem with numerous events such as folk music and dance, handicrafts exhibitions, and a market stretches along the street. Both of women and men are participating in performing folkloric music and dancing; they stand usually in two opposite lines while swaying and singing with the tones of music. As the echoes of music spread in the blue sky of the rosy meadows, the queen of rose elected. Camel treks and fantasia horse between different tribes of the region Also generate a fantastic sight.
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Aheydus performance at the roses festival
Elected Roses queen
Harvested Roses on a woman's henna-adorned hands