After the week-long celebration of the Passover, here comes another joyous event that embarks on the day right after the last day of Passover. Every Jew in Israel observed this holiday in a very festive mode that has extended from the previous week of commemorating Israel’s liberation from Egypt. The entire whole day is spent in celebration of freedom, peace, and friendship.
When is Mimouna 2015
Mimouna begins on the evening of Friday, 10th day of April and continues until the evening of Saturday, 11th day of April in the Gregorian calendar. The main celebration will be on saturday evening (11/4/2015)
Mimouna will begin on Friday night, 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Nissan 5775 and will end on Tuesday night, 22nd day of Nissan 5775 in the Hebrew calendar.
Mimouna Origin and Background
Mimouna is a traditional celebration originally initiated by the Moroccan Jews (Jews who lived in the area of North Africa which is Morocco) that occurs on the day after Passover. This day indicates that the coming of spring and the resume of eating Chametz is at hand. It is a 24- hour feast celebration of foods that were prohibited during the Passover.
It is prevalently observed through barbecuing, picnic, eating of sweet pastries and the moufletas, (sweet North African pancakes) holiday cakes and sweetmeats. Some other customary foods are honey and butter wafers, tray of fruits, fried raisins, stuffed dates and many more. During this whole day of celebration, the Jews throw open their doors for their neighbours and visitors to celebrate and eat with them.
The origin of Mimouna is not definite though there are suggested theories accompanying its name. One theory says that the word Mimouna is link to the Hebrew word “emunah” which means faith, or to be précise, or the faith in the final restoration or the Messianic redemption. Other suggested theory was that “mimouna” is derived from the Arabic word for “good fortune” and “luck” Others suggested that it came from the Hebrew word “mammon” which means wealth and prosperity. That is why other Jews put some various symbols of luck and productiveness in their tables on Mimouna day.
The Mimouna in Israel is becoming more exuberant year after year because large crowd are getting involved with it even the government officials are becoming a part of this huge communal celebration.
There are no certain laws on how to celebrate this day, but one earmark of the day is the partying and picnics with the family and friends. Some are setting up their tables for everyone to join in and partake of the food served.
Mimouna 2015 will be celebrated on the evening of Friday, 11th of April until the evening of Saturday, 12th of April in the Gregorian calendar.
Mimouna 2015 will take place on the evening of Friday, 21st of Nisan until the evening of Friday, 22nd of Nissan 5775 in the Hebrew calendar.