Passover, or Pesach, is a Jewish holiday that marks the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. It lands on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan, typically in March or April, lasting seven or eight days. The Seder meal, held on the first two nights, features a retelling of the Exodus story using the Haggadah and eating symbolic foods like matzah (a kind of flatbread). The absence of leavened products symbolises the Israelites’ swift departure from Egypt.
During passover, Ashkenazi Jews might serve gefilte fish and brisket, while Sephardic Jews incorporate lamb and unique spices. Regional variations and family recipes add to the rich tapestry of Passover traditions. Despite these differences, the holiday unites Jewish communities by emphasising freedom and the shared experience of the Exodus, which fosters a strong sense of identity and purpose among Jews globally.