And You Thought Your Wedding Was Huge

BERBER FESTIVAL – CelebrationHere’s a program from our archives.Ambience: Moroccan music This week, in a remote region of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains in the village of Imilchil, a marriage is taking place– actually, a whole festival full of marriages. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Every September, the Berber tribe known as the Ait Hdiddou gather in Imilchil to trade, socialize and to marry. Traditionally, this was the time after harvest and before winter, when the nomadic Berbers would leave their farms and flocks and people of marriageable age, accompanied by chaperones, would come to Imilchil to have the chance to meet. Nowadays, most meeting and courting occur throughout the year, but the marriage ceremonies still take place during the festival.Over the past few years, the marriage festival has been promoted by Morocco’s Office of Tourism, and visitors from all over the world have come to witness the celebration at Imilchil. Most of the traditional ceremonies are not seen by the throngs of tourists, but there are public performances of Berber music and dance.Picture a line of performers standing shoulder to shoulder, chanting in honor of this gathering, and in praise of Allah. They raise their shoulders up and down in time with the music, lifting their knees while dancing in line, weaving from side to side. The singing can go on for hours.Additional funding for this series has been provided by the National Science Foundation. We’ve been listening to a program from our archives. If you want to hear more, check out our podcast.

And You Thought Your Wedding Was Huge

Courtship can happen anytime, but according to tradition, marriages among Moroccan Berbers often take place this week.
Air Date:10/03/2019
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BERBER FESTIVAL - CelebrationHere's a program from our archives.Ambience: Moroccan music This week, in a remote region of Morocco's Atlas Mountains in the village of Imilchil, a marriage is taking place-- actually, a whole festival full of marriages. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Every September, the Berber tribe known as the Ait Hdiddou gather in Imilchil to trade, socialize and to marry. Traditionally, this was the time after harvest and before winter, when the nomadic Berbers would leave their farms and flocks and people of marriageable age, accompanied by chaperones, would come to Imilchil to have the chance to meet. Nowadays, most meeting and courting occur throughout the year, but the marriage ceremonies still take place during the festival.Over the past few years, the marriage festival has been promoted by Morocco's Office of Tourism, and visitors from all over the world have come to witness the celebration at Imilchil. Most of the traditional ceremonies are not seen by the throngs of tourists, but there are public performances of Berber music and dance.Picture a line of performers standing shoulder to shoulder, chanting in honor of this gathering, and in praise of Allah. They raise their shoulders up and down in time with the music, lifting their knees while dancing in line, weaving from side to side. The singing can go on for hours.Additional funding for this series has been provided by the National Science Foundation. We've been listening to a program from our archives. If you want to hear more, check out our podcast.