Passover is a holiday that remembers and commemorates the time in history when the Jewish people were freed from slavery in the land of Egypt.
The Pharaoh had ordered that all Jewish male babies were to be killed because he felt that the Jewish people were becoming too strong. One couple, Jocheved and Amran, decided to try to save their infant son. They put him in a basket, and floated him down the river. The Pharaoh's daughter rescued him and decided to call him Moses, which means, take from the water, and she raised him as her own son. When he grew up, he had much sympathy for the Jewish slaves, and when he found out that he was a Jew, he wanted to help his people. He tried to get the Pharaoh to free the Jewish slaves, but the Pharaoh refused. Moses asked God to help his people. So God sent ten plagues down to Egypt. The first nine were: Blood, Frogs, Lice, Beasts, Cattle Disease, Boils, Hail, Locusts, Darkness. But still the Pharaoh would not let the Jews go. Finally, after the tenth plague - Slaying of the Firstborn. - he gave in and said that the Jewish people could leave. As the Jews were fleeing, the Pharaoh changed his mind, and sent his army after the people to bring them back. God parted the Red Sea for the Jews to cross, and as soon as they were safely to the other side, the waters closed on the soldiers, drowning them all. The Jewish people were saved.
The celebration itself is mostly family gatherings and fancy meals called Seders, the story of Passover is told through the reading of the Haggadah. Because of its special foods and songs, the Seder is the main point of the Passover celebration. Passover begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan.
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