Passover is one of the most important religious festivals in the Jewish calendar. Jews celebrate the Feast of Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) to commemorate the liberation of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses.
The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring. It is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.
In Hebrew it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because Gd passed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.
Some help to prepare
The preparation for many can be quite a daunting and over whelming task so here are some useful planning tips!
- Keep your shopping list this year so that you have a guide for next.
- Make a note of the recipes that worked work .
- Choose a simple menu for Seder night ~ it is always a late start.
- Recipes that are Kosher for Passsover (KFP) always work better than using regular ones where you start to substitute ingredients on try basis.
- Clean your freezer first and then you can start to stock up Pesach ingredients early.
- Don’t buy too many Passover ready-made or processed foods, eg cereals or tins – no one will want them after Pesach and if you run out you can always buy more.
- Involve the family – give them set tasks, even if it is only cleaning their own rooms.
- And finally stay focused ~ leave some energy to enjoy Seder night!