IMILCHIL BETROTHAL MOUSSEM FESTIVAL 2017 / 21 to23 september
betrothed festival IMILCHIL
Location: West of Morocco. See the map
Groups: 4 people min / max 10
Lodgings: Guest House - Bed & Breakfast
Conditions: Accessible to all
In Imilchil, in the heart of the Berber country, will take place on 21, 22 and 23 September, the moussem of Imilchil and the festival of fiancés.
In a few days, more than 30,000 nomads converge, and in a few hours they set up an immense village of Berber tents. Farmers, merchants, pilgrims, gathered to pray the holy marabout, to make their purchases, to meet, and to celebrate. Over three days there are all the events of family life, child circumcision, betrothal and marriage, for the greatest moussem of the year.
Morocco Imilchil Wedding betrothal festival in IMILCHIL betrothal in the Berber tribe Ait Haddidou which meets annually at the end of the harvest . This gathering has both a religious character as it pays tribute to the marabout and a commercial character, since it is also the biggest souk of the year.
The great peculiarity of Imilchil's moussem resides above all in the collective ceremony of the betrothal. The festival takes place in the village of Aït Amer, 25 km south of Imilchil, at the crossroads of Rich and Tineghir roads. Even though this fiancée party has become very touristy, it still allows the Berber tribes of the region to forge ties today.
Come and see Morocco's biggest moussem, and discover the last great wild spaces of the Middle Atlas, territory of the imazighen, the free men of the Atlas.
From Marrakech we offer a tour to attend the moussem of the betrothal of Imilchil accompanied by a local guide. And stay at our Tighremt Assif Melloul Ecolodge, in the heart of Berber tradition and culture.
DAY 1: MARRAKECH
Airport pick-up and check-in at your hotel. Free dinner and night
DAY 2: ROUTE TOWARDS THE MEDIUM ATLAS
Departure for the Middle Atlas and Imilchil. A road takes us through wild landscapes, between holm oaks and junipers, towards the high plateaux and the village of Imilchil. Dinner and overnight in a hostel
DAYS 3,4 & D5: THE IMILCHIL MOUSSEM
Three whole days to attend the moussem, to discover its immense fair of cattle and peddlers, to see the songs and dances of the Ait Hadidous and the celebrations of the marriages.
With daily transfers to Ait Amer and back. Accompaniment agency. Nights in hostel
DAY 6: ROUTE TO THE ANERGUI VALLEY
Road to the nomadic highlands and the valley of Anergui (80kms around)
Still recently isolated, the valley of Anergui has preserved its nomadic traditions. It is crossed by Assif Melloul and its impressive gorges that separate the Middle Atlas from the Central High Atlas. Its citadel villages which spring in the heart of wild and grandiose landscapes, are among the most beautiful of the Atlas. It must be furrowed to discover its authentic beauty and its centuries-old traditions, for the whole community is gathered there from dawn to dusk. Surroundings, wild landscapes, nomadic peaks and highlands, gorges dug by wadis, citadel villages, nomadic souk.
Stay in Tighremt Assif Melloul, a charming ecolodge dominating the majestic of the circus of Anergui and the gorges of Assif Melloul. Our ecolodge is labeled Clef Verte, the first international environmental label for ecological tourist accommodation.
Possibility of staying several days at our ecolodge with day trips
DAY 7: MARRAKECH
We leave our Berber friends and their secular traditions to return to Marrakech. Picnic or lunch en route. Deposit in the town center to your accommodation. Free dinner. Night in hotel *** (or riad in option)
(Transport: 320 kms / 6H of road)
DAY 8: MARRAKECH
Depending on your flight schedule, airport transfer and departure
Kasbah Amskou chez LA famille.
Hameau ait haddouch souk lakhmiss vallee dades.
tel 00 212 661 70 81 27
site for lodge kasbah.
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