Holiday

Mimouna

End of Passover
  • Minor Holidays
Mimouna

Mimouna

מימונה

Mee-moo-NAH

“Good fortune”

What is Mimouna

Mimouna is a joyous and unique celebration observed by the Moroccan Jewish community, marking the end of Passover. This festive day, which typically falls on the night following the eighth day of Passover, has roots in the rich cultural tapestry of Morocco. Families open their homes to friends, neighbors, and strangers alike, symbolizing hospitality and unity. 

When is Mimouna

Nissan 23

(the day after Passover)

Month

Nissan

Customs of Mimouna

  • Return to Chametz – The festivities kick off after nightfall on the final day of Passover, a celebration marked by unique customs. In many communities, a symbolic exchange occurs, with non-Jewish neighbors selling chametz (bread products that were forbidden on Passover) back to Jewish families, signaling the commencement of the Mimouna celebration. In Morocco, preparations involve gathering flour, honey, milk, and butter for the eagerly anticipated post-Passover chametz celebration dinners.
  • Reenacting the Crossing of the Red Sea – Families engage in a symbolic reenactment of the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea by splashing water on their faces and walking barefoot in the sea, a gesture that echoes the culmination of Passover. 
  • Sweets and Nuts – Particularly in Moroccan and Algerian Jewish households, doors are flung open to visitors, greeted by an extravagant display of traditional holiday cakes and sweet treats A central feature of Mimouna is the elaborate display of delectable treats and sweets, including intricate pastries, honey, fruits, and nuts, embodying the sweetness and abundance of life. 
  • Music – The festive atmosphere is heightened with music, dancing, and lively gatherings, creating an environment of warmth and camaraderie. 

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