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Passover, also called Pesach, is one of the major Jewish holidays in memory of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Ancient Egypt. It begins on the 15th day of the spring month of Nisan according to the Hebrew lunar calendar and lasts for seven days in Israel and eight days outside the country.

Holiday traditions

On the first day of Passover, all types of work are prohibited, and a special prayer service is held in the synagogue. The first and last days of the holidays are considered non-working days for Jews and are particularly important. The rest of the week is called "Weekdays of the Festival."

A ritual dinner, the Passover seder, is the most solemn ceremony of all that exists in Judaism. It is held on the first and second days of Passover. Relatives and those who were left alone during the holiday are invited to it.

In addition to matzah, there must be six dishes on the table: zeroah (roasted lamb shankbone), maror (bitter herb), karpas (any greens from the garden, usually parsley), charoset (sweet salad of apples, nuts, wine, and cinnamon), chazeret (a second bitter herb, most often romaine lettuce), and baytsah (roasted eggs).

Will Passover be celebrated despite the coronavirus pandemic?

Passover is usually celebrated with the community, but due to the pandemic, followers of the Jewish faith can also celebrate it at home.