Mimouna is a celebration originating among "Maghrebim" [North African Jews] held the day after Passover. Historically it marks the start of spring and the permissibility of eating leavened products after their prohibition during the holiday. It is also popularly treated as a celebration of the Rambam, Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, the great medieval Torah luminary, for whom many say the festival is named.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Unless your family comes from Morocco, Tunisia, or Algeria, you probably spent the hours after Passover ended last night putting away the Pesach dishes and getting the house back to its normal state. But if you have family or friends with a North African background, you may have been lucky to spend a few hours celebrating the Mimouna, also spelled Mimunah.
The Mimouna was celebrated in Jerusalem's Talpiot neighborhood Monday night, the end of Passover in Israel, with President Shimon Peres, Israel's Chief Rabbi, Knesset Members and other dignitaries in attendance.
As Gavriel Queenann and Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu write in Arutz Sheva-IsraelNationalNews.com,
To get an idea of how Mimouna is celebrated in private homes, check out this video from Shalom Sesame. Enjoy!