Friday, April 3, 2015

Interfaith Days: Passover (Pesach), Good Friday

Passover (Pesach) begins at sundown this evening. The Jewish festival commemorates God's liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, as depicted in the book of Exodus. The festival always begins at sundown on 14 Nisan on the Jewish lunar calendar. Passover continues this year until April 11. It is one of the Shalosh Regalim (pilgrimage festivals) when Jews made a pilgrimage to the Jerusalem temple.  The day is preceded with a removal of all chametz from one's home and, on the day, the seder ceremony, with the sharing of food symbolic of the Exodus story. See this site.

Today is also the Christian commemoration of Good Friday, the day of the execution of Jesus. It is the first day of the Easter Triduum. Easter is the Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. This site provides ways that different groups of Christians honor the day.

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