THE MYSTERIOUS AFIKOMAN
The afikoman is the half of the middlemost piece of the three matzahs, which is eaten at the end of the meal. Its origin may be from the Greek epikumios, meaning festive procession. The Talmud defines it as a procession from one group to another because it was the custom after a meal. But this was later forbidden by the rabbis.
Many other superstitions have developed about the afikoman.
The four children
The Seder evening includes not only four questions (Ma Nistana) and four glasses of wine but also four children:
A LITTLE DRAMA
ONION AND ONION
CLOSING OF THE ANAS
On the mimuna following Passover in Morocco, the women set a festive table with green wheat cakes, fresh, shining beans, flour, milk, butter, sweets and sweet dried fruits, honey, dates, almonds and other delicacies. After a farewell hailing of the feast, they blessed each other to be successful, happy and fortunate. The couples gave each other dates filled with almonds flavoured with butter and honey, wished each other a good, successful and blessed year, and then gave some sweets to those present. The women who prepared the leaven for the next day's bread asked for the blessing of the prophet Eliyahu on the house, that it may never run out of blessing and that it may be healthy. From the beginning of the month of Nisan onwards, it was customary to collect rainwater to prepare the leaven for the next day's bread on the night of the mimuna. On mimuna, members of Moroccan communities still eat coconut cakes, dried fruit, dates stuffed with walnuts and butter and honey muffles.
In Afghanistan, women placed a giant bowl filled with water at the end of the Pesach feast's table. Gold jewellery was placed in the bowl and a mirror next to it. According to their tradition, it is a perfect sign to see the reflection in the mirror and the water’s colour and touch the jewellery.
In Thessaloniki, Greece, children on their way home from the synagogue would gather a large bunch of weeds and grass for their mothers for the farewell of the holiday. The woman would then put them in the corners of the house, sprinkle them with sugar and say good wishes.
In Libya, the head of the family would buy lettuce and flowers for Passover, and when he returned home, he would lightly hit the people of his house with them, and the lady of the house would bless everyone. On the occasion of the mimuna following the feast, the young girls dressed up in beautiful dresses, and the brides and grooms visited both their parents and ate sweets.
In Taroudant, a town in the Atlas Mountains, the central event of the mimuna was the making of the dough, which was a tribute to the mother of the family, who would knead the dough. The family members accompanied the process with religious songs, such as the Eset chayil (Praise of the Good Wife), the Mishlei (Book of Proverbs), concluding with quotations about redemption and returning to Jerusalem.