Unless your family is Jewish and Moroccan, you may not have heard of Mimouna. It is a celebration at the end of the last day of Passover which has become very popular in Israel.

 

Moroccan families in Israel traditionally open their doors and invite their friends and neighbors to celebrate Mimouna. Their tables are laden with beautifully presented delicacies. Colorful and calorific, it usually includes dairy foods and sweet pancakes of fried dough, called muflita, which are traditionally the first dish made with flour after Pesach.

 

The idea of Mimouna is to celebrate the return to eating leavened bread. Another popular tradition for the night following Pesach is to join the lines of people waiting for the first batch of bread at local bakeries, or for pizza at the local pizza store, to make up for 7 days without bread!

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