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Celebrating Mimouna

Mimouna is a festival celebrated by Jews of Moroccan and North African descent on the day after Pesach (in Israel this is the night after the seventh day of Pesach). Participants often dress in traditional Moroccan costumes: a jalabiya for men and a kaftan for women.

Mimouna is celebrated on the day after Pesach and includes inviting friends and family to share traditional food in the home and in picnics and showcasing Moroccan-Jewish culture.

Group Activity

Mimouna is not very well known among most Jewish communities outside of Israel.

  • Have you even celebrated this festival? If so, what was your experience?
  • Do you know of any other festivals celebrated by specific Jewish communities?

 

The holiday of Mimouna centers around the idea of hospitality and interfaith relations.

  • What can you do to improve the interfaith relations in your neighborhood?
  • How does Jewish tradition regard the value of hospitality?

Read this article for more information.

Discussion Questions

Describe the photograph:

  • Who are the people in the picture?
  • What are they doing?
  • What are their expressions?
  • How are they dressed?

This is a photograph of Moroccan Jews celebrating Mimouna.

The people in the photograph are dressed in traditional Moroccan clothes.

Learn more about Moroccan Jewish dress and culture by exploring some of the Moroccan items from the collection of the Israel Museum here.  

Creative Activity

  • Host your very own Mimouna party in your school!
    See if you can find traditional Moroccan clothing and make the traditional mufleta pancakes. Use this traditional music playlist and dance away!
  • Design an advertising campaign (posters, social media posts, etc.) to raise awareness about Mimouna or any other little known Jewish festivals.
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Mimouna is not very well known among most Jewish communities outside of Israel.

  • Have you even celebrated this festival? If so, what was your experience?
  • Do you know of any other festivals celebrated by specific Jewish communities?

 

The holiday of Mimouna centers around the idea of hospitality and interfaith relations.

  • What can you do to improve the interfaith relations in your neighborhood?
  • How does Jewish tradition regard the value of hospitality?

Read this article for more information.