The Passover 2006 is an annual event which commemorates the release of Egyptians from bondage. The holiday is intended as a celebration, and is generally observed for a one week period during April or March.
This year, Passover 2006 began April 12 and ended a week later on April 19. For the Jewish religion, the Passover is a means of remembering the trials and enslavement of their forefather. Hence, persons of Jewish faith typically share stories and educate young children on the purpose for observing the Passover.
Because the Passover is a huge Jewish celebration, preparation begins early. For the most part, the Passover 2006 encompasses several annual rituals and feasts. The Passover celebration is described in detail in the 12th chapter of Exodus. Because the Jewish religion includes several groups of people all across the globe, the Passover celebration may slightly vary. For example, some Jews celebrate the Passover for seven days, whereas other groups observe the Passover for a full eight days. During the Passover, many Jews also attend church services. During Passover 2006, many services held begin on Nisan 15 of the Jewish calendar. This date corresponds with March 13.
In addition to attending church services and passing of the unleavened bread, most Jews also prepare a huge ceremonial feast as a means of observing the Passover celebration. Food serves as a symbol of the Jews discharge from Egypt. Therefore, families tend to gather and prepare a wide assortment of foods for a meal. When preparing meals for the Passover celebration, food containing ingredients such as barley, wheat, and rye is prohibited. Moreover, Jews are likely to avoid food such as rice, corn, or those containing peanuts. To ensure the cleanliness or pureness of the occasion, boiling silverware and plates is encouraged at least 24 hours before the celebration.