Amazigh Wedding Fest Takes Dating to New Level in Morocco

Published September 25th, 2019 - 06:27 GMT

Each year in the hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples. Its about connecting the hearts of young people. About 30,000 people from all over the mountains arrive here and camp in tents with their horses and camels to participate in this epic event.

Imilchil is located high up in the lake plateau of the Middle Atlas Mountains in Morocco. In this quaint village you will find primarily Berber tribal clans who have a strong sense of culture and tradition that has been preserved for decades. 

The Imilchil Marriage Festival is the prime attraction and takes place annually in September and features the Aït Yaazza culture of collective marriage where women search and choose their husbands.

It is an occasion for young girls to dress up and wear their finery, their sumptuous silver jewelry, and dance for hours under the stars. Traditionally, a nod and a wink is the unspoken language between men and women at the festival to show interest. 

The Imilchil Marriage Festival is not only about love. It also boasts great food, authentic Berber music, and dancing. You will also see beautifully dressed Berbers in their best traditional and ceremonial costumes. 
 

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Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

A Young Amazigh (Berber) woman waits for her wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

A Young Amazigh (Berber) woman waits for her wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Young Amazigh (Berber) women pose for a selfie photograph during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Young Amazigh (Berber) women pose for a selfie photograph during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Members of a traditional music group gather before performing at the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Members of a traditional music group gather before performing at the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dance and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dance and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival. FADEL SENNA / AFP

A young Amazigh (Berber) couple smile at each other as they wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

A young Amazigh (Berber) couple smile at each other as they wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Amazigh (Berber) women arrive to take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Amazigh (Berber) women arrive to take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP

Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
A Young Amazigh (Berber) woman waits for her wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) women pose for a selfie photograph during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Members of a traditional music group gather before performing at the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dance and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival. FADEL SENNA / AFP
A young Amazigh (Berber) couple smile at each other as they wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Amazigh (Berber) women arrive to take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
A Young Amazigh (Berber) woman waits for her wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
A Young Amazigh (Berber) woman waits for her wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) women pose for a selfie photograph during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) women pose for a selfie photograph during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Members of a traditional music group gather before performing at the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Members of a traditional music group gather before performing at the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dance and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women take part in the the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dance and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival. FADEL SENNA / AFP
A young Amazigh (Berber) couple smile at each other as they wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
A young Amazigh (Berber) couple smile at each other as they wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Young Amazigh (Berber) men and women wait for their wedding ceremony during the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Amazigh (Berber) women arrive to take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP
Amazigh (Berber) women arrive to take part in the annual "Engagement Moussem" festival near the village of Imilchil in central Morocco's high Atlas Mountains on September 21, 2019. Each year in the High Atlas Mountains hamlet of Ait Amer, tribes celebrate with dances and music, the collective wedding of young Amazigh couples during the traditional festival of "Engagement Moussem". FADEL SENNA / AFP