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Article by Beverly Hernandez
Passover is an eight-day Jewish festival celebrating the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. The festival is celebrated in the spring during the Hebrew month of Nissan (usually in April).
Passover is divided into two parts symbolizing the parting of the Red Sea. On the first two days and the last two days, Jewish people don’t work. They light candles and enjoy special holidays meals.
The first night of Passover is celebrated with a seder (a ritual dinner) during which the Haggadah (the story of the Israelite exodus) is recited. During Passover, Jews do not eat chametz (leavened grains). In fact, these products are removed from the home entirely. Other foods must be kosher (conforming to Jewish dietary laws).
Other traditional Passover foods include maror (bitter herbs), charoset (a sweet paste made of fruit and nuts), beitzah (hard-boiled egg), and wine.
Children play an important role in the celebration of Passover. Customarily, the youngest child at the table asks four questions whose answers explain why the seder night is unique.