Explaining The Passover Seder!
So, the Seder is actually a feast that marks the beginning of Passover.
A feast? Sounds good, do go on!
So where does the feast part come in?
The foods served at the Seder are all symbolic and are served on a special Seder Plate. They are:MarorandChazeret(bitter herbs such as horseradish root or romaine lettuce),Charoset(a paste made of fruit and nuts),Karpas(non-bitter veggies like celery or potatoes),Zeroa(roasted leg of lamb), andBeitzah(a roasted whole egg). The foods are eaten individually at different points in the Seder ceremony. One thing you won't find on a Seder plate, though, is bread or any sort of grains that can be leavened or fermented. These are forbidden during the Passover holiday as a reminder of how the Israelites fled Egypt with unrisen dough in their packs.
But it's not just for the Jewish peeps either! Part of the tradition is to invite outsiders to the meal to share the experience with them. Even some Christian sects have incorporated the Seder into their own observances. President Obama was known to hold Passover Seders at the White House.
Plenty of celebrities observe the holiday as well. Last year, Mayim Bialik signed off of all social media for the entire 8-day duration of the holiday, Idina Menzel hosted a "Recipe For Change" YouTube event,Josh Gad spent the holiday with his bffSeth Gabel, Tiffany Haddishposted a video of herself singing traditional Hebrew songs during her Seder, and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoffheld a Seder at the Vice President's Residence for his and VPKamala Harris's staffers!
So, to all our Jewish readers out there -- Chag Pesach Sameach! And please invite me to your next Seder!