Feast of Passover:

The Feast of Passover or Pesach is the most important festival of the Jews, which is celebrated on the first day of the Jewish month of Nisan in March/April. The festival is also known by various other names such as Hag-ha-matzoth (‘festival of unleavened bread’), Zema Herutemu (‘season of our freedom’) and Hag-ha-aviv (‘festival of spring’). It is an eight-day festival which commemorates the liberation of the people of Israel from the Pharaohs of Egypt in the 13th century B.C. The beginning of this festival is marked by a Jewish ceremonial feast called Seder. Many Jews undertake a pilgrimage to the temple at Jerusalem during Passover.

The Bene Israel community of Indian Jews have maintained the traditions of the Feast of Passover.

 

Purim:


‘Purim’ or the ‘Festival of Lots’ is observed on the 14th day in the Jewish month of Adar. It commemorates the first recorded victory of Jews over anti-Semitism. The festivities include prayer meetings, fasts and feasts.

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