Passover or Pesach is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. For practicing Jews, the holiday marks the Exodus of the Children of Israel from Ancient Egypt. This year the holiday is celebrated from March 27 – April 4.
Here are some interesting Pesach facts you might never hear of:
- Some large companies make special kosher foods and drinks for this holiday. It concerns large brands that use kosher ingredients to prepare various foods, from chocolate syrup to cake mixes. The most famous case, however, is the Coca-Cola company. Once the company switched to high fructose corn syrup. This resulted in an issue for Ashkenazi Jews. Today, the brand releases a special bottle with a yellow cap, which is certified kosher and is excellent for this holiday.
- Believe it or not, the best matzo flour is made in Arizona. You may not have known, but one of the most challenging technological processes in preparing matzo is keeping the flour dry. Any water risks converting flour into chametz. According to The New York Times article, the most suitable wheat for matzo is found in southwestern Arizona’s arid regions.
- Animals also receive special food during all the days of Passover. More importantly, apartments must be free of chametz, and there can be no benefit derived from it. Therefore, pet owners need to use appropriate pet food. Some Rabbinical authorities propose switching out a pet’s diet for a few days. For example, if you own a dog, you can use raw meat to feed your pet. For herbivores, you can choose a variety of approved vegetables.
There are countless interesting facts about this holiday, and if you or your client are familiar with this holiday, share some of these fun facts with them!
To those who celebrate, may this Passover bring you peace, happiness, love, and every blessing from above. Happy Passover!