Passover is a traditional Jewish holiday that has an origin from bibles. The week is celebrated as a freedom of the Jewish people by God from the bondages in ancient Egypt under the guidance of Moses. It is remembered as the story of the Exodus narrated in the Hebrew Bible, particularly in the books of the Bible. Passover 2020 will be celebrate from 8th April – 16th April.
The week is mainly associated with the sacrifice of the First fruits of barley mainly in the presence of the Temple in Jerusalem. It is a spring holiday and barley is the first seed to mature, collected in the land of Israel.
Also, some people from the Christian community recognize it as a version of the Jewish Holiday. This tradition is mainly observed among Messianic Jew, Assemblies of Yahweh and also in some congregations of the church of God which is the seventh day. So the week is mainly celebrated as the Christian holiday and also as the Easter Festival.
History and Origin of Passover
The History and Origin of Passover are generally sourced from the Passover Holiday precede the Exodus. The Passover ceremony is generally believed to have its origin in an evil-repelling ritual, irrelevant to that of the Exodus, before Deuteronomy. It is to confirm the safekeeping of a family home.
Also, there was a tradition where Hysoop was used to apply slain sheep blood on the entry of the house to keep the wicked forces away from infiltrating the building.
Passover in the Bible
The references of the Passover Holiday scriptures are revealed in the historical origins and also its traditions are found in the Old Testament as it is remembered as the liberation of Israelites from slavery in Egypt. It is found during the period of Moses expressed in the books of Exodus.
One of the important Passover Traditions observed by the Jews is of eradicating all the leavened food products from their houses before the onset of the holidays and fasting or withholding from them throughout the holiday period.
Religious Jews preferred to eat Flatbread called Matzo, instead of regular bread. It holds a tradition that the Hebrews escaped Egypt in a hurry and there was no time for their bread to rise or it is believed that Matzo was perhaps lighter and easier to carry through the desert than that of the regular bread.