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Amazigh customs and traditions in Morocco vary according to each region and even in each tribe and even village, but the basic wedding ceremonies – Tankift – remain constant and the dominant and changing origin is some poetic verses and diversity in dishes and dance, which shows the cultural richness or rather the absolute freedom that To enjoy amazigh expression and the power of the Amazigh mentality in creativity, to turn weddings into a space that brings together all the fine arts.

I will tell you the customs and traditions of the commemoration of the Susie Amazigh wedding.

Engagement

After the boy chooses his life partner either after seeing her near the well or at a wedding and his mother often rejects this girl and the reason that she is not a relative or not from a prestigious family, for the young man to make a great effort to change the position of the mother or submit to her and give him a fianchy. The parents agree with their son to make a speech to the girl from her parents. The engagement is with sugar, a cup of sugar, a hayek and a silver ring, and the girl’s parents give the promise of marrying their daughter to the boy, while the boy promises the girl’s family to marry. After a week of meeting, the mother of the girl makes a dish of bassisa and carries it to the mother of the boy this latter after a month she fills the same dish with dates and cupacles and hayek and almonds, and then she does so on every holiday or occasion and is called this – Acti – thinking i.e. renewing the covenant and the promise of marriage. This engagement lasts one or two months and sometimes reaches a year in which the two families get to know each other and the two families get ready for the wedding, after which the parties will decide the date of the marriage.


Wedding:


The wedding days are seven

Day 1

One of the groom’s cousins invites all lovers and relatives to attend the celebrations, and the groom’s father assigns the task of advertising to the tribe that hits the bells in the alleys of the villages, announcing the marriage of Flan. All this is done in the morning. After the disappearance, all the women in the village head towards the groom’s house carrying wheat with them, a stop carrying threads placed on top of a nine-kilometer grain of wheat per house as an aid to the wedding requirements. The groom’s mother welcomes them and pours all their contributions in the middle of the house “Tsaract” and hides in the middle of this wheat “Tiserzai d’Tenbalt” a large necklace placed on the chest and dmel, and the women say after entering the center of the house “Sure, we will be happy god god bless God” and look for the adams and the contract of their grandmother announces it and keeps them To be asked by the groom, after removing all impurities from the wheat they grind it and sift it to make it percox, all these stages are difficult, but meeting all the women of the village and dividing the burdens facilitates the mission and is called when the Amazigh “Taoist” in the sense of cooperation.
After making Percox, he brushes on the surface to dry.


Day 2

Women bring with them almonds and argan fruits and make argan oil and others by making amlo – almond porridge – and cooking margarine, and the groom’s house is transformed into a women’s cell as in the bride’s house in an intimate atmosphere in which women scatter “Tilgatin” is a pity poetry in the right of the newlyweds and life.

On the third, fourth and fifth day:

Sacrifices are usually slaughtered by one or more cows depending on the groom’s abilities and the same in the bride’s house. Men cook meat with onions, spices and dry fruits in a very large saucepan called “Tarvaact”, bake bread “Agrom n Tavarnot”, wash pots and serve people and all related to the wedding, while women cook percox and serve each other at the time of eating, and dress and dress up with the best ornaments and halal Brides after spending arduous days preparing for the wedding. At lunchtime, guests shave at tables and eat meat in plates of “notre” pottery, and percox in the middle of a sleaze filled with honey, margarine and amlu. Same thing at the bride’s house. And the same meal throughout the days of the festivities.

After eating and sipping tea cups, women and men gather in the middle of the house to collect “Akreis” with a package of gifts for the bride, they scatter a white toba in the ground made of sheep’s wool made by the mother of the groom for her son, put another dress white henna, dates and almonds and two shoes for adults silk for the bride and small shoes for a brother The bride then asks the woman who found the necklace and admel to give them to them in exchange for a plate of fruit and almonds and puts the necklace and a dajoule in the “peers” his hand wallet (at Amazigh men are the ones who carry handbags and not the women they carry “tzakot” and they are big carrying on the back). The women gather the package and ask the audience that one of the young men whose parents are still alive volunteer to carry Akres to the bride’s house and say this in their hair , “Tasugant”: Time

His friends and Tasugant begin

The motorcade went to come.
With a white mare to become ours.
Teeth arranged like corn, smiling eyes,
Please, procession,
The bride’s clothes aren’t too heavy.

On arrival, they are welcomed by the family and guests of the bride and say, “Welcome to you, I hope you are happy to know,” meaning welcome and peace to be said by the people of the country. The men say, “Perket, Prekite” means hello. Everyone gathers in the middle of the house and the negotiations begin where the young man who is pregnant with Awacris requires a chair to sit and give him the chair, ask for a glass of water, they give him tea, they give him tea, he asks for dates and milk they give him, he asks for flowers, they give him “for love” he can order anything after these requests (once he asked for fruit juice and could not The bride’s family met the request because they were in a barren village and demanded that the young man be adjusted for what he wanted, but he did not reply, so the groom’s family intervened and he agreed after an hour had passed.


Then he asks for a plate of silver and he will answer his request, carrying to him three women of the bride’s family – her aunt, aunt and sister-in-law – and the condition is that they never divorce or widow and have a medal of silver and gold and she will be frustrated and snatched from him and ask him to bend and beat him three times And the men spray him with perfume and carry a chris to the bride who hides in a dark room with her friends and companions her way, the three women enter with zagharid and bend the bride to beat her on her back three times and then put everything inside acris in a dish called “Tskit” from which the bride eats and then distributed to all the attendees outside The room and the rest of it comes to the bride’s room.

After the end of Akres, the men bring all the clothes, pots, gold and silver to her home, and it is calculated in front of all the men of the tribe, because after the divorce of the woman from her husband, the husband returns her the price of these clothes plus her expenses depending on how long she spent with him plus


After the end of the awash the mother of the bride dress her daughter despite the difficulty of it helpher the bride’s aunt in it, the bride takes off all her clothes, wearing it only the white dress that was brought in Aakres, the dress is tightened “Betzzerzai” and covers her face with “Tsbennet” a red dress trimmed in colors and then her head is covered with the rest of the white dress. The women are covered in the second dress of The Bride and chant “Tasugant”, a lyric poetry with a melody and very sad words

If she wants to get out of her father’s house, the bride says, “Sure, we’re going to go out of the house of her happy family, and she sees her mother laughing, the only sad one at the wedding is the groom.” Don’t tell him about the expenses and so on for thinking how to pay off the debts accumulated on him and the reason for it is his bride).

The groom throws almonds and dates from the roof of the house to be picked up by the children, and then comes down wearing his robes and salham covers his face with a dome accompanied by his friends. He opens the door of the house and behind him his family, takes a bucket of water and comes out of his bag “relatives” the blood that the woman found in wheat and the young man who carried Akres wash her right leg three times on the threshold of the house, and eats with her right hand margarine and smudges it on the door and the child who rode the horse with it removes it with a dagger and He performed this operation three times, and then the guy who carried the silk shoe.

The groom’s family cooks tea and the bride’s family drinks it. The bride’s sister or aunt takes the clothes the bride brought from her family’s house and puts them in a tisquet dish and takes the hayek that covered their faces on the way and cover the corner where the bride sits as a curtain so that he can dress the bride, bring down the hayek she wears and wear a young woman dressed in a white hat and then a black slit The sides are red, yellow, blue and green, and they are called “Tassiot”, and then they wear hayek “Lizar n Tobit” and they tighten it with a few things called “Tezerzai”, then she puts the swaks and shaves her eyes and slaps her hair, asking her groom’s family: “We’re not complaining about the tamazight non and the bride’s family answers: Sinat.”

They do two nails and decorate discoloration with a black or red thread and then they cut the front of the head “Tunza” and cover her face with the red veil “Tspent”, which is the same as the one she came out of her family. Roasted and margarine, the groom kisses his mother-in-law’s head and then gives the money to the woman who carried “Lisis” from his mother-in-law.

Attendees dine, drink tea, and then take a shower to the sun to eat breakfast consisting of tea, dates, pastries, eggs, margarine, honey and “adrenan” in a badger… Then the groom makes tea and gives a very large cup of it to his mother-in-law and is called “Azai n” to drink from it and give all her family drink from it.

After wearing it they put it in “Aaghkmi” a space close to the outside door of the house and they run the buttons and put a bucket of water gives the bride to the groom three handfuls of water and gives her the same amount and then removes her headscarf and delivers on her by hand and then she goes towards his family and then gives her her husband “Kmat n Tazolt” two bottles A small piece of kohl and go to the stable and pour it into the cow food the groom’s family takes the bride to see all the stores and then the groom’s family comes with a plate of flour for the bride and a mirror and a saline of margarine the same thing is given to the wife of the groom’s brother “Tanout Ness”, you see the bride in the mirror without seeing the wife of the groom’s brother and the fort And the wedding the bride dips her finger in the ghee and then in the flour dish and gives to the wife of the groom’s brother to lick the finger and the wife of the groom’s brother does the same thing and do this habit three times

Without biting each other and then they see their faces in the mirrors and then they see each other and finally hug. The bride returns to her parents in the lobby and sits in the same corner.
People eat a feast consisting of tavarnot bread and “taquelin” zlyfafat of margarine, honey, amlo, argan oil and olive oil as an introduction to the feast and then they eat meat with plums or figs or dried grapes carrying the sister of a bucket of margarine and then put in front of the bride percox and the middle of the ghee you remove the bride ad Melj, which the groom wore it and plunge singed in the ghee and watering the dish in a circular way until the wedding sister empties it again and then a third and then a fourth, and prevents the bride emptying the fourth slip, the bride eats from Percox with her family and all the attendees eat women and women until they are full and He said to us, “Han, my Lord, you have a bag of fun,” “O present, the bride has kissed him. The groom’s family collects pots and all the family of the bride leaves in great sadness, the bride cries for the separation of her family The bread that was placed behind the bride’s back is not eaten to call it “Agro-Eburn” bread, which is the bread of the maidens, whoever eats it is a long life or age, as they say!!?

Day 6

The bride goes to visit her family to receive her friends and companions of her way to dine and they live and as dawn approaches the bride rides behind her husband to return home crying and begin tasugant.

Day 7

In the morning after the mother of the groom receives the news that the bride is a virgin or rather a virgin she sends one of the children to tell the mother of the bride that your daughter is beautiful. The groom’s mother cooks percox from which the neighbors eat with tea. The groom carries dates and almonds. In his wallet and he goes with his friends to the house of the mother of his bride to visit her and give her what he holds and accept her head to give him in turn three big balls of clothing, in his way divides one on his friends and the rest goes to his house to eat him.

(In some areas near Marrakesh or in northern Morocco, the bride removes the white hat as a guide to the bride’s virginity and puts it in a tray with a mold of sugar, henna and her wedding ring to be carried by a woman and dances with it in the presence of all the people of the tribe, and this tradition is forbidden to us in our tribe and neighbouring tribes.)

On the exact same day before noon, the bride carries a pot- tapado- the bride goes to fetch water from the well and announces that the work of her house has begun and she is responsible.