As men leave their villages in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains to find work in the cities and abroad, women are left with few opportunities to meet suitable husbands. So once a year, Berbers from around the country and abroad congregate at this matrimonial festival to meet a spouse. There follows three days of flirting and generally showing off during this ‘gathering of the tribes'. A man and a woman might meet one year, spend the next twelve months visiting each other’s villages (often chaperoned) and then tie the knot at next year’s festival. Weddings are expensive in Morocco but during these three special days the Imams conduct the wedding ceremonies around the clock at no extra cost to the bride and groom. For many a free wedding and the chance to attend and flirt is just too tempting.