Among the Jews, Passover history takes them back to the age old traditions and thus the Passover celebration is carried on in full vigor. Passover is otherwise known as Pesach and is denoted with diversity and varied meanings. The history of Passover takes us back to the time when the Jews were freed from the Egyptian slavery. This festival unites the nation and writes off all the elements of distress and salvation. This festival has a tradition of bringing the family members and friends together. Call it a festival of freedom that every Jewish individual wished for a long time.
It is mandatory to ask people around us whether we are really free. In real life, we all want to be free from the bondage and strive towards salvation. But even if the Jews celebrate Passover, yet can they be really free when they are still dwelling in a foreign country?
It necessarily does not mean that the freedom of a person to live, work and carry on the traditions relating to language, culture, tradition and customs. Doesn’t that define the truest form of freedom for anyone?
The traditions of Passover, rather the Passover history tells us that it constitutes a grand Seder night – sitting down over a Passover feast, reciting Passover praises and quotes in full merriment and fun. The actual history of Passover states that it is indeed a religious festival among the Jews, whereby they remember the historic run away from the enslavement by the Egyptian pharaohs. This festival continues for usually eight long days and is celebrated during the wee hours of the spring season. It generally runs from the 15th to the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan.
Passover observes the liberation of Jews and they consider that it was during this time that the nation actually was born. There is a staunch tradition of following the Passover customs such that the rituals of Passover are practiced properly. It is the apt time to experience and re-live the freedom that the ancestors had gathered for them during severe days of oppression and brutalities all at the mercy of the Egyptian emperor.
The Pharaohs of Egypt always eyed the Jewish population with distrust. They were not at all in favor of their growing population. And due to the reason of the Jewish population not being able to be arrested, the emperor in Egypt ordered his followers to throw off all the infant Hebrew boys into the Nile River, in a way to check the growing population. But in spite of the barbarism of the emperor, Moses, a young baby, stayed alive. Being brought up in an Egyptian family, his real identity was always under covers. But after growing up, Moses came to know his real identity and slowly realized that he needed to do a lot towards his brethren.
Egyptians had always been meting out brutal treatment to the Jewish and for that matter Moses was afraid as well. He thought that he might be just put to death if the Egyptian emperor came to know of this. Thus, due to that Moses fled over the Sinai Peninsula. Living a life of a shepherd for a stretch of 40 years, he finally managed to get blessed with the supernatural powers of God. He, as instructed by God, got back to Egypt and ordered the Pharaoh to let the Jews get freed from slavery. Showing the Pharaoh an astounding sign of caution, he finally used the powers as God had bestowed on him. Still, the unconvinced emperor brought upon the people of Egypt the villainous ten plagues by God’s command – that was the most to be expected.
The ten plagues as imposed by the emperor brought destruction on the Egyptians, whereas the Jews were unscathed. The pharaoh then realized that God really had a strong will for freeing the Jews and he finally agreed to discharge the Jews. But, the pharaoh distorted his wits very soon and ordered the army to scout for the runaways. By this time, the Hebrews had treaded for 40 days and nights and finally made it to the northern tip of Red Sea. The army from the emperor’s side managed to black their way, but at the will of God, they could escape incredibly through a safe passage. This is the entire story of Passover where the Jews had a miraculous narrow escape from the Egyptian clutches. Celebrate this freedom with utmost fun, joy and merriment.