THE BILMAWEN EXPERIENCE
In less than one month it will be Eid al-Kebir, followed by three days of a strange and mystic masquerade in the villages of the High Atlas. DarZahia offers you to meet these creatures, half-man half-animal straight out of ancient mythology, the Bilmawen. You will discover the survival of an ancestral ritual that goes back to the Lupercales of ancient Rome where young men dressed in goatskins, to heckle the village population by scourging them with their hooves hanging from strips of skins.
WHAT IS THIS MASCARADE?
An ancient Amazigh ritual that takes place exclusively in this part of the Maghreb. Young men dressed in beasts’s skins shake the village population.
WHAT IS IT EXACTLY?
Once a year the day after Eid al-Kebir, this ritual takes place. This year the masquerade begins on September 2nd, continuing through September 3rd and 4th, 2017. For the occasion we propose you a stay from September 1st to 5th.
WHAT IS HAPPENING?
These are three days of celebration and of popular rituals where all the villagers of the surrounding area meet at the dusk of the day to celebrate. You can see improvised theater scenes and percussion and singing concerts. You participate in large village rounds called “Ahwach ». Meanwhile the unpredictable Bilmawen tease, provoke, mock the population for the greatest joy of all.
I WANT TO PARTICIPATE, HOW DO I DO?
Write us to book at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will reply within the hour to confirm the availability.
HOW DO I COME TO DARZAHIA?
You fly to Agadir and we will pick you up at the airport (35 euros per transfer). From there you are taken care of by our team until your return. For all inquiries, Contact us at email@example.com.
I LODGE WHERE?
You have the choice. Either in a charming traditional Amazigh house in the heart of the medina of Taroudant, or in one of the pavilions of a luxuriant garden of 4000 m2 in the middle of fields of olive trees in full nature facing the Atlas mountains. You sleep alone or together in a room in town or in a dream pavillion in the garden. In both cases, you fall asleep by candlelight to the sound of crickets, and wake up to the songs of the lark and the garden bulbul.
WHAT DO I DO IN THE DAY?
You participate in the Bilmawen ritual every afternoon for three days. The rest of the time, you visit Taroudant and shop in the artisanal souk. You enjoy the garden and the swim lane. You take a nap or read in one of the ten hammocks in the garden or on one of the large banquettes in the shade of a fig tree or a jacaranda. There are many other things to do that you will be surprised to discover when coming to DarZahia.