Festival Musique Cimes Imilchil 8


Of all moussems (Muslim festivals) the one in Imilchil every late September has become the most famous around the world. This small mountain village is by itself nothing spectacular compared to other villages in the region, but the festival is a time of colourful clothes, flirting and dance.

The small Berber population of the Imilchil region (1858 inhabitants approximately) is scattered in very small villages, therefore, to find a prospective spouse is quite difficult.

During the unique Imilchil Festival, also known as the Betrothal Festival, the young “candidates” congregate to see and possibly meet with each other, under the approving eye of their families.

Luckily for the girls, and according to the custom, it is them who choose the future husband.

Widows and divorcees are also allowed to look for another husband during the festival. Although in the past only families from the region attended the Imilchil Festival, nowadays outsiders are also allowed.
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Origin of the Imilchil Festival

The origin of the Imilchil Festival is based on a romantic yet tragic legend. A young girl and a young man, belonging to rivalling Berber tribes fell madly in love, very much against the wishes of their families. The two families forbade the union and the lovers were so unhappy and cried so much, that two lakes were formed with their tears – the Isli and the Tislit Lakes.

Both lovers died by drowning. The two rival tribes were so moved by the couple’s suicide, that they decided from then on that they would allow their young people to choose their spouses from any tribe. A lovely tradition that is still alive today.

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  5. zaid ait malekzaid ait malek12-13-2011

    hola a todos los que visitaron mi pueblo bienvinido a la proxima fiesta 2012

  6. Kati WSE OrchestraKati WSE Orchestra12-22-2011

    Hola Zaid! Muchas gracias!!! ¡Nos ha encantado la experiencia de tocar en Imilchil. Nos hemos llevado recuerdos muy buenos e inolvidables de tu pueblo y su gente. Unos amigos beréberes nos habían invitado, no sé si conoces a AMNAY!?

  7. zaidzaid02-27-2012

    hola Kati WSE Orchestra como estas mucha gracias a te por la visitar a mi pueblo y estoy en baena cordoba correiendo con club media legua baena y estoy piensando por la proxima fiesta de imilchil haber si si veremos alli me alegro conocerte .mi facebook zaid ait malek . un abrazo a todos

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