Passover is an eight-day Jewish festival that celebrates the emancipation of the Israelites. Jewish families usually celebrate Passover on the first two nights of the holiday. They hold seders to retell the story of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt and to enjoy a festive meal eaten in remembrance of their ancestors' hardships. During the meal, the youngest child asks the adults four questions about the significance of the Passover symbols.
Traditional Passover food is kosher and does not include any “chametz.” Chametz are leavened foods made with wheat, barley, or rye. When the Israelites fled Egypt, they could not wait for their bread to rise. Modern-day Jewish families eat unleavened matzo bread during Passover to honor this part of their history.
The Easter Bunny became a symbol for the Easter holiday in Germany during the 1600s. Children would make nests for Easter Sunday and if they were well behaved the Easter Bunny would fill them with brightly colored eggs. German settlers brought this tradition to America during the 1700s. Over the years the Easter nests evolved into decorated baskets, and the Easter Bunny’s morning deliveries expanded to include gifts, candy, and chocolate. Today, Easter is one of the highest grossing candy holidays, second only to Halloween.
Enjoy this festive occasion in the company of friends and family, decorate an Easter egg, and indulge in some delicious treats!
The first Earth Day took place in 1970. After witnessing the effects of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson organized a grassroots “environmental teach-in” on college campuses across the country. Many people believe that this first Earth Day celebration marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement.
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