One of the most widely observed holidays in the Jewish religion is upon us.
Passover, which is known as Pesach in Hebrew according to�the�Chabad-Lubavitch�Media Center, is an eight-day festival celebrated each spring. Its exact date depends on the Hebrew calendar.
Passover marks the exodus of the Israelites�from Egypt, as told in the Torah.
Here's what you need to know about the holiday:
In 2019, Passover will be celebrated from April 19 to April 27.
Not all eight days are spent the same way: The first two days and last two days are celebrated with the lighting of candles and eating of holiday meals.�Some Jews do not work these days, according to the Chabad-Lubavitch Media Center.�This is not the case for the middle four days, which are called Chol Hamoed.
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Yes. You may wish someone a kosher and joyous Passover, according to the Chabad-Lubavitch Media Center. In Hebrew, you may say�chag�Pesach�kasher�vesameach.
Here's how that's pronounced:�CHAG PEH-sach kah-SHER ve-sah-MAY-ach.
On the first two nights of the holiday, a ceremonial meal called Seder is observed.
The fifteen-step tradition includes eating matzah and bitter herbs, drinking wine or grape juice, and reading from a Haggadah,�according to the Chabad-Lubavitch Media Center.
Matzah is unleavened bread, signifying what Jews brought along for food when quickly leaving Egypt. A Haggadah tells the story of the exodus and describes rituals.
The first Seder will be April 19, while the second one will be the following night: April 20. Both are observed after nightfall.
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April 2019 in the Gregorian calendar coincides with Adar II�and Nisan in 5779 in the Hebrew calendar, according to Hebcal.
The Hebrew calendar aligns with both the solar year and lunar year, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Some years in the calendar have a 13th month.
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