Maimona (Maimuna)

Between March 28 and April 25; day after Passover
Jews in North Africa commemorate the philosopher and rabbi, Moses Maimonides (1135 or 1138-1204), on the evening of the last day of Passover and the day that follows. Since the news of Maimonides's death in 1204 reached many Jews during Passover, they were not able to mourn his passing, as custom would normally dictate, by eating bread and an egg. So they postponed it until the following day.
In Libya on this day, each family member receives the maimona (from an Arabic word meaning "good fortune")—a small loaf of bread with an egg baked inside, which they eat with slices of lamb.
In Morocco, people dress up or wear costumes. Special displays of food are arranged on tables, including pitchers of milk and bowls of flour with eggs, broad green beans, stalks of wheat, and dates. Surrounding the bowls are honey, fruit, nuts, cookies, lettuce, wine, and a type of pancake known as muflita . After going to the synagogue, people stop to bless their friends and sample the refreshments at each home. A lettuce leaf, representing prosperous crops, is dipped in honey, symbolizing sweetness, and given to each guest. Wherever possible, people dip their feet in streams, rivers, or the sea.
DictWrldRel-1989, p. 494
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 287
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The report said one of the girls, 12 month old Maimona resident of Quetta Town of Hala Naka area, had missed polio vaccine during routine immunization while other 12 years old Umme Rabab of Liaquat Colony who had also received three doses of polio vaccines during routine immunization till she attained the age of five years.
The singers include Laraib Tahir, Syeda Bushra, Humza Ali, Irum, Master Majeed, Zaib Qureshi, Beenish, Ehtsham, Rizwan Jan, Wazir Ali, Hassan Abbas, Mukhtar Khan, Asia Zafar, Shumail Khan, Hadsa Yad, Maimona Mushtaq, Laraib Rasheed, Amir Shahzad, Mishal Naurin and others showed their love for the country by singing national songs.
Eminent Omani writers and poets such as Maimona al Wahibi, Qais al Farsi and Talal al Rawahi, Ali al Mujaini, Ali al Balushi, Mazen al Haddabi, Hamza al Busaidi and Mahmoud al Yahyaie and singer Murshid al Baddaei graced the occasion with their performance.
We had prepared everything for Ramadan (the Islamic fasting month)," said Maimona Ambola, a 44-year-old mother of seven.
'Voices of Marawi': Maimona Magayoong, Diandra-Ditma Macarambon, German Gervacio, Sorhaila Latip-Yusoph.
"This is the only image I have of them after their abduction," added Maimona who now teaches at pre-school in Dubai.
Byline: Roomina Mazhar, Noshin Ilyas, Maimona Saeed, Fatima Bibi and Nazima Batool
Maimona Asim and other senior officials attended the meeting.
There is a need to understand the various dimensions of harassment and adopt tougher measures to curb this menace." Maimona Mirza, an educationist, said: "There are statistics which clearly reveal that the rate of harassment against women has gone up.