Passover Traditions Revealed

Posted on April 19, 2011 by

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Each year, Jewish individuals celebrate the holiday called Passover, which is a series of days that celebrates the end of the Jewish enslavement by the Egyptians. Passover, also called Pesach, falls on the 19th of April this year. The holiday is best known in Christian culture because the Last Supper of Jesus was a Passover Seder.

Passover celebrates the early Spring in the Jewish month, Nissan, from the 15th to the 22nd. By celebrating Passover, Jews relive and experience the true freedom that their ancestors gained.

There are two main parts to the holiday: the first day and the last. These days are the most important of the whole entire holiday. Practicing Jews are not to permitted to eat Chametz, or leavened items. According to history, the Jewish people were unable to eat leavened food. Matzah is the only grain item that Jews can eat. 

Preparation for this holiday is to clean the whole house so it is free of Chametz. All firstborn males are to fast the day before Passover. The meal on the first two nights is called a Seder. This meal is a reminder of the importance of the holiday. There are prayers spoken and stories told. No Jew is permitted to work, drive, write, or even switch on electronics, but they do complete these chores during the four days in the middle of the week. These days are identified as Chol Hamoed, or the “semi-festival.”

The Passover Seder is the most important part of the holiday. Consuming Matzah is one of the central parts of Passover, and Jews also traditionally eat bitter herbs during the holiday. Lastly, Jews drink four cups of wine or grape juice to celebrate their freedom, and they recite the Haggadah.

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