Passover is the most widely celebrated Jewish holiday. It is the first holiday given to the Jewish people by G‑d that speaks deeply to the Jewish soul. It is also sometimes known as the Festival of Unleavened Bread because during this festival only unleavened bread called matzo or matzah may be eaten.
Passover begins on the 15th day of Nisan, the seventh month in the Jewish calendar, March or April on the Gregorian calendar and the celebration lasts for seven or eight days. Jewish people celebrate with a ceremonial meal called the Seder and by performing prayers and traditional recitations.
Quick Facts: –
- The term ‘Passover’ has come from a Biblical story about the ten plagues God inflicted on Egypt for enslaving the Israelites.
- This festival is also called Pesach which celebrates the exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian Slavery in 1200s BC.
- The first born son of the family needs to fast on 14 Nisan and if there are no children the oldest member of the household fasts.
- One more tradition is for the youngest child present to ask the four questions about why the Seder night is different from other nights.
- In the Seder plate there will be a total of six food items including Beitzah, Haroset, Karpas, Zeroa, Maror and hazeret.
- Before the festival funds are collected to ensure that everybody can celebrate the Holiday of Freedom.
- The Haggadah, the text around which the Passover Seder is based is the most popular book in the history of Jewish printing.