Miriam Young

High Tech Mimouna

On the evening of April 30th, 2016, GKI Group held our very first Mimouna party at our new office. Haven’t heard of a “Mimouna” before? It’s a traditional North-African (usually Moroccan) Jewish celebration, taking place just after Passover ends. A main part of the party is eating chametz, meaning all of the foods that were forbidden over the past week or so of the holiday.

Getting off the elevator at the twelfth floor of our new office building, you could already hear the loud Middle Eastern music, filling the air and drawing you through the large glass doors. But the glass doors looked different that night, with a brightly colored carpet leading between them and thick curtains draped on top, for the occasion. Entering the room a bit after the party had started, we experienced a sea of red and gold, with most work colleagues and their friends and families dressed in festive gowns for the occasion, known as a Moroccan “Kaftan”, and red felt Aladdin style hats, known by the name of “Tarboosh”. Lots of traditional sweets filled the tables, lining the huge glass windows that overlook the west coast of the country. Another table was filled with all types of alcohol. Traditional foods were eaten including those with all sorts of traditional names like, “sphinge”, “kadei eef”, and “javan”.

Pillows were put around small tables with many carpets, to add to the Middle Eastern vibe. Gal and Lital Kalkshtein, GKI’s Founder and CEO were in the kitchen making “muflettas” the traditional Mimouna dish. The night included an array of dancing, music, food, and blessings, and really kicked off a warm welcome for the whole office.

We’re so excited to have a new office to celebrate in and we can’t wait for all of you to join us here for parties and events and many happy occasions.

Our first party ever at the new office! #Mimouna #coolestofficeintheworld

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Originally posted on Medium by Miriam Young