Image from our Hebrew Illuminations 2016 wall calendar featuring artwork by Adam Rhine. Click image for more info.
This year, the eight days of Passover begin at sunset on the evening of April 22. This holiday commemorates a historical event, the Exodus, the freedom of the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt.
Before the holiday begins, houses are thoroughly cleaned, as with many New Year festivals. All traces of leaven (alcohol, bread, grain, cereal, cornstarch) are removed. A palm branch or feather is often used to brush the last crumbs out of the door, with the following words: “All leaven I have not seen or removed or that I don’t know about is hereby null and void and ownerless as the dust of the earth.” Continue reading
Image from our Celtic Blessings 2016 wall calendar featuring artwork by Michael J. Green. Click image for more info.
The equinoxes are the balance points of the year, the two moments in the circle when we have roughly equal amounts of light and dark, night and day. Both holidays feature a feast of seasonal foods, perhaps not surprising when you consider that the plants are responding to the changes in light, just as we are.
The Spring Equinox feast is celebrated under many names: Passover, Easter, St. Joseph’s Day, and Naw-Ruz. But whatever its name, it typically features the first bitter greens of spring, a newly born lamb (perhaps), fresh eggs, and items made from the fresh butter and cream available as cows, goats, and sheep produce milk for their young. Continue reading