The holiday of Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew is a springtime Jewish festival that starts from sundown on March 27, 2021, to sundown on April 4, 2021.
About one percentage of Canada’s population identifies as Jewish, forming the world’s third or fourth largest Jewish community. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia unlike most immigrants to Canada, Jews did not come from a place where they were the majority cultural groups but “fled eastern Europe to many places, including Canada, in the period from the 1880s to the beginning of WWI.”
The weeklong festival of Passover commemorates the emancipation of Jewish peoples from slavery (in ancient Egypt), when families come together for a traditional meal called the Seder when foods of symbolic significance commemorating the Hebrews’ liberation are eaten, and prayers and traditional recitations are performed. During Passover, Jews refrain from eating leavened food (made with yeast) such as bread instead of which a type of flatbread called matzo is eaten.
The date of Passover changes each year because the date is set by the lunar-based Hebrew calendar.
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