AS we reach April, we are approaching one of the most important Jewish celebrations; Passover.
But when is Passover, what does it commemorate and what foods are consumed during this religious holiday?
The Hanukkah menorah, used during Jewish religious practice[/caption]
When is Passover 2020?
Each spring, Passover is celebrated.
The exact date of the holiday varies from year to year.
This year’s Passover begins at sundown on Wednesday, 8th April 2020.
Passover will end at sundown on Thursday, 16th April 2020.
Traditionally Passover is eight days long, although some Jewish reform groups celebrate it for seven days.
What does Passover commemorate?
Passover is a Jewish holiday which celebrates the liberation of Jews from Egypt, known as the Exodus.
Passover (‘Pesach’ in Hebrew) gets its name from when God told Moses to instruct Israelites to mark their doorposts with lamb’s blood so God would ‘’pass over’’ their homes and let their firstborn sons live.
What foods are eaten?
A range of traditional Jewish foods are consumed during this religious holiday.
Some examples of which are the following:
- Matzo (flatbread)
- Roasted chicken
- Potato Kugel (similar to casserole)
- Sweet potatoes
- Egg drop soup
Jewish family enjoying Passover[/caption]
These are all typical foods which are consumed during the Passover holiday.
In terms of beverages, wine plays an important role during the Jewish ritual.
At least four glasses of wine are to be consumed during the Passover.
Each glass of wine represents a different theme.
The four themes symbolised by the glasses of wine are:
1. Salvation from harsh labour
2. Geographically leaving Egypt
3. Moses’ parting of the seas
4. Becoming their own nation
At some celebrations a fifth glass of wine is included to represent the prophet Elijah, but no celebrants are meant to drink from this cup.
When is the second Passover?
The second Passover is from Thursday, 7th May to Friday, 8th May.
The second Passover provides an opportunity for those who were unable to participate in the first Passover celebration.
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