The Moroccan Romeo & Juliet -- Isli and Tislit were in love. Their families, from the Aït Hadiddou clan, were sworn enemies, and after the couple confessed their love to their parents, they were forbidden to marry. Heartbroken, they knew it would be impossible to live apart. Their flow of tears was said to form two lakes under the shadow of the mountains, and it was here that the young lovers exchanged vows and drowned themselves to be spared from a life of heartache. Their warring families were guilt ridden, and the clan's elders, determined that it never happen again, granted their youth the right to choose their own life partners. The twin lakes, which bear the names of Isli and Tislit, are just north of Imilchil.
Imilchil's popular Fête des Fiancés is held near the burial site of Sidi Mohammed el Maghani, the patron saint of the Aït Hadiddou. Marriages that were blessed by this holy man were said to be long and happy, and the tradition continues today with betrothal ceremonies taking place at his tomb over the 3-day festival.
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