Between September and October Morocco’s very own version of the Romeo and Juliet story is the inspiration for this tribal marriage festival in Imilchil. Up to 40 couples tie the knot while Berber tribes dance and give impromptu musical performances. The legend goes that a man and a woman who were forbidden to marry cried themselves to death, creating the neighbouring lakes of Issly (his) and Tisslit (hers) near Imilchil. So stricken were the families that they established a day – on the anniversary of the lovers’ death – on which members of different tribes could marry each other. The Imilchil Marriage Festival was born.
Please note: the dates of this festival depend on the harvest.