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Imilchil Festival

Imilchil Festival in Morocco :

The town of Imilchil, located in Morocco’s Atlas mountains, hosts a unique yearly Marriage Festival, also known as “September Romance.” the celebration of eternal sacred love, takes place annually for 3 days in August/September in Imilchil.

The Imilchil wedding festival is a precious occasion for Berber tribes of the region to get together to celebrate the traditional wedding ceremony of their sons and daughters. Approximately of 40 couples assemble in this day to announce their marriage to the community; it is also a chance of life-time for other singles to meet their potential partners. The ceremony of three days is the right time for girls and boys to get adorned by dressing their time-honored clothes and bright jewelry, and performing a fantastic show of local berber folklore music and dance, as well as horse fantasia and camel trek.
According to legend, two young people from different Berber tribes around Imilchil fell in love but their families forbade them from marrying. In their grief they cried themselves to death, creating the companion lakes of Isli (his) and Tislit (hers) — separated for eternity by a mountain. Their families honored the anniversary of their death by creating a festival during which members of local tribes can meet and eventually marry.

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