Mimouna

Photo of Mimouna table for post by charis freiman-mendel, author of "cook your way through the s.a.t."

Moroccan Mimouna spread.

The perfect ANTIDOTE for post-holiday blues is . . . more holidays! Instead of feeling let down once that the anticipation and  planning for Passover has come and gone, North African Jews celebrate Mimouna, a FÊTE that takes place the day after the eight day holiday ends.

Photo of Mimouna celebration invitation flyer for post by charis freiman-mendel, author of "cook your way through the s.a.t."

Invitation to Mimouna celebration in Canada.

Jews around the world traditionally give up bread, cereal, cakes and all leavened products for Passover, to COMMEMORATE  the part of their history spent in Egyptian bondage. Once the holiday is over, Moroccan and Algerian Jews open their doors to their Christian and Islamic neighbors and share a PLENTEOUS spread of leavened products, mainly pastries and sweets. Going from house to house to enjoy food, music and friends, is part of the revelry.

Photo of mufletta crepes at Mimouna celebration for post by charis freiman-mendel, author of "cook your way through the s.a.t."

Mufletta (crepes).

Mimouna marks the ADVENT of spring and is represented by symbols of luck and success: gold and red colors, and the number 5. The tradition has spread to communities all around the world.

The next time you’re suffering post-holiday blues, do as the North Africans do, and get the party started!

Charis

photo of 5 vocabulary words with definitions for mimouna post by charis freiman-mendel, author of cook your way through the s.a.t."

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