At Passover’s end, Iraqi Jews wish ‘Santak Khedra’

Passover is over. Moroccan Jews may have their Mimounato mark the occasion, but Iraqi Jews also have a distinctive tradition.

They wish each other Santak Khedra:’May your year be full of green ‘ –  meaning a year of happiness, health and wealth. 

This is the blessing that Iraqi Jews give each other as Passover ends, as they pat each other gently on the shoulder with sheaves of wheat and boughs of myrtle.

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