This is Passover and Easter do not fall within days of each other. It is not that unusual, like Chanukah on Thanksgiving, (once in how many centuries?), but it still a bit disconcerting for me.
For years, our family got together for Pesach and looked forward to family time. One of the most enjoyable things we did was to leave the kids with the husbands and go shopping, just the girls and my mother. How we agonized about missing a day when all the stores were closed for Easter!
This year with Easter almost a month earlier than Pesach, it is not an issue. Besides the fact that Sunday is still Yontif, it is also not Easter. I am taking over my mother’s role; taking my daughter and daughter in law shopping on Chol Hamoed. I look forward to bonding with them both at Nordstroms!
The reason that Easter and Passover do not fall within days of each other has to do with the lunar calendar which is short by 11 days to the calendar with are all familiar with. that means that each year the Jewish holidays fall out at slightly different times. In order to make sure that we do not celebrate Succot in the spring and Pesach in the fall, we add a leap year month every 4 years. This year is that fourth year. Thanks goodness for google search; you check out the dates for all the Jewish holidays years in advance.
That being said, there are no differences in the amount of work, cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc! I am sure that you are looking forward to relaxing as soon as the Dedarim are over just as much as I am!
Have a wonderful and peaceful Pesach from all of us at Kosherbyte.com!
If you are like me, your inbox is rapidly filling up with emails reminding you about Passover, offering you great deals on holiday gifts, foods and religious items, asking you for charity, etc. We at Kosherbyte.com, also send emails with discount codes, new product notifications and articles of interest about the holiday. Most of these emails get deleted; I am not so naive to think people open the massive amounts of mail that is often mostly spam.
However, some of these emails are actually worthwhile! Who doesn’t want to save money on products you were going to buy anyway? I enjoy the cute jokes or comics that appear constantly on Facebook.
But all kidding aside, Passover has become a Holiday not just about Freedom but about family. The seder has turned into a meal that not only commemorates the Exodus from Egypt, but reminds us of the value of family and unity. Parents travel to spend the holiday with their kids, Young adults, married or not, bounce between family to spend quality time with loved ones. Children practice their ma Nishtana to impress with grandparents and everyone talks about their Pesach plans weeks in advance. This year my sisters, their children and grandchild, along with my own will gather together to sped the first days of Pesach with my elderly father. What fantastic memories we will have to hold on to in years to come!
These memories are the reason why I will spend hours grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning. Did I say hours? I should have said days or weeks!! We all know how time consuming it is to prepare for Passover. But it will all be worth it in the end when we sit around the table and see the extended family together!
For those of you who are looking forward to the same valued time with loved ones, you can always log on to Kosherbyte.com and bring some delicious treats to the table. I can assure you noone will complain!
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