Happy Passover, freedom Party
The Passover (Pesach), is based on the history of the liberation of the Jewish people from Egyptian tyranny
The Pesach feast, or Jewish Passover, reminds the Jews of the time in history when their ancestors were slaves and their harsh escape from Egypt, hand in hand with Moses and Aaron.
It is also a harvest Festival, as many Jews established themselves as farmers when they arrived in Canaan. On the second day, they began harvesting cereals by bringing the Omer, (an ancient measure) of barley, the first cereal to ripen, to the Temple. The farmer said a special prayer or prayer on each Omer for fifty days, until the last ripe cereal to be cut (from the harvest).
The Pesach is also honored as a pilgrimage Festival because years ago the Jews had made pilgrimages to Jerusalem to celebrate the Pesach or Easter.
This holiday is celebrated for eight days
On the first two nights, the family gathers for an important dinner called Seder. Seder means ‘order’ and a strict order is followed. The table is served with the best tablecloth, as well as the best of glassware, croke and cutlery. Wines and silverware. Many Jews have a whole set of these, separated for Easter days.
Jews taste certain types of dishes or delicacies when dinner begins. Each is related to the type of escape-on-escape of the Jews of Egypt. These edible delicacies are carefully arranged and a Decorative Plate of Pesach is also added:
- Boiled egg: the hardness of eggs means the strength of the Jews.
- Lamb Bone: This is reminiscent of the lambs who were sacrificed in the days before the destruction of the temple.
- Saltwater: this is placed to remember the tears shed by slaves in Egypt. Also for the salty waters of the Red Sea.
- Green Vegetables: Green only means it’s Spring.
- Bitter Herbs: they represent the suffering that the slave Jews had.
- Haroset: basically made of wines, apples, cinnamon and nuts. Therefore, there are several recipes but it is a reminder of the mixture that slaves used to build blocks for the pharaoh, hence the brown color.
- Matzah: is flatbread without yeast and salt. Similar to the one the Jews prepared on their departure from Egypt and which they prepared in the wilderness.
This is linked to another series of rituals, traditions and habits always related to what happened in the history of the liberation of the Jewish people.
Happy Passover from Maes Honey!.