Happy Passover to all our Jewish readers! The eight day holiday falls on different dates every year, so if you’re confused about when the celebration happens in 2016, we’re here to help. Get the lowdown on all things Passover here!
Passover has arrived — that means eight days of no bread for those who observe the holiday! Find out exactly when Passover starts and ends in 2016 PLUS everything else you need to know about the celebration right here.
The Jewish holiday begins at sundown on April 22 and lasts until sundown on April 30. The first two nights (22 and 23), though, are when the actual “celebration” take place in form of a Seder. Families gather to relive the story of Passover and enjoy a meal, featuring several different edible symbols of the service.
Passover commemorates the Israeli people’s emancipation from slavery in ancient Egypt. The story goes like this: When the Pharoah of Egypt refused to release Moses’ people, God brought ten plagues on the Egyptians, killing all their firstborns.
The Jews were eventually freed, but since they left in such a hurry with their supplies, their bread didn’t have time to rise, which is why those who observe the holiday don’t eat any products with yeast during the eight days of the holiday. It’s all about the matzo! In fact, you’re not even supposed to have any products with leavened grain in your home at all over Passover, and getting rid of it all is a pretty intense process.
Don’t worry, though, there are plenty of foods you still can eat! Fresh meats, fish and dairy products, like eggs, are all okay — and it’s a perfect time to get your potatoes in. Plus, these days, there’s plenty of Passover-friendly versions of food, like pizza, muffins, chocolate and more.
Are you celebrating Passover, HollywoodLifers?