Passover is the oldest and most important religious festival in Judaism. It is time for family get together and celebration. The day is marked with warm wishes, gifts and a special meal called a Seder.
Passover Gift Ideas
Celebrated around April, Passover is one of several
Jewish festivals which begin with a spring clean for the house. Jews
clean everything to perfection and all of the yeast is removed from
houses. Closely associated with Jewish history, this festival has lot to
do with memories.
A festival of importance in Jewish calendar, Passover commemorates
Jewish exodus from Egypt. As per the traditions, the festival starts at
sunset on the 14th of Nisan (usually in March or April). It is the
beginning of seven-day celebration which includes the Feast of
Exchange of Gifts
Jews exchange gifts with one another on this occasion. Gifts serve as a
way of expressing love and regard. Passover gift items mainly include
artistic and functional items such as
- Hand-embroidered matzah cover
- Ceremonial serving piece (Seder plate)
- Passover cookbook
- Seder and Matzah plates
- Silver plated Elijah and Miriams' cups
- Haggadahs Holder
- Matzah box
- Matzah tray
- Star of David wrapped soaps
- Beeswax candles
- Matzah and afikomen bag set
Other gifts items, which one can opt for are Jewish
religious books, religious symbols, religious items, jewelry, music,
books, kosher gift basket, Judaica greeting cards, Passover and other
Fine Art Prints. For babies who are having their first Passover, baby
products could be sent as gifts. Jews tend to avoid food items as gifts.
Meal of Sedar
A communal meal called Sedar is one of the focal points of celebrations.
It is a 15-step ritual based on the Haggadah, a book which describes the
traditional instructions and prayers in detail. It is an occasion when
families and friends get together and take meal collectively. It is
customary to invite guests to share the Seder meal, especially newcomers
to the community. Seder meal in most Jewish homes is an elaborate feast,
with food, games for the children. The elders tell children the story of
A jar of salt water and wine are compulsory items on the Seder table.
Wine is drunk for the God's blessing at least four times during the
meal. Drinking of wine is symbolic. The first sip is to remind of God's
promise to provide, another is to remind them of God's promise to set
them free, third is to remind them of God's promise to give them a land
of their own while the fourth is to remind them of his promise to take
the Jews as his chosen people. Salt water symbolizes the tears shed by
the Jews as slaves. Jews, in Sedar meal, dip the karpas and the egg into
the water before eating.
Just More than Festival
Passover is really more than festival. It is an elaborate teaching
experience, especially for the children. It helps Jews connect to their
history and preserve their own distinct identity. It is an occasion of a
get together for the family and helps the family members stay connected
with one another.