Listen to the audio report by NPR on Passover Seder in Nepal

Nepal has long been a favorite destination of young Israeli tourist backpackers – so much so that the organization Chabad there puts on a huge Passover celebration to accommodate them.

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The center primarily caters Israeli backpackers who travel to Nepal after completing their military service.  Passover falls during the spring trekking season so many plan to be in Kathmandu for the special holiday.

Traditional Passover Seder Meal. 1. Zeroa (shankbone) 2. Beitza (roasted hard-boiled egg) 3. Maror /Chazeret (horseradish) 4. Karpas (onion) 5. Charoset 6. Maror /Chazeret (parsley). Photo:Wikipedia

World Largest Passover Feast in Kathmandu, Nepal with 2000 Jewish travelers from Israel, as well as many other countries. (Video 2010)

World Largest Passover Feast in Kathmandu, Nepal (2010)

Passover, also called Pesach (/ˈpɛsɑːx, ˈpeɪ-/;[5] Hebrew: פֶּסַח Pesaḥ/ Peḏaḥ), is a major, biblically derived Jewish holiday. Jews celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.” (Wikipedia)

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“The Passover Seder /ˈseɪdər/ (Hebrew: סֵדֶר [ˈsedeʁ] ‘order, arrangement’; Yiddish: סדר‎ seyder) is a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. It is conducted throughout the world on the evening of the 14th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar (with a calendar day reckoned to start at sunset). The day falls in late March or in April of the Gregorian calendar and the Passover lasts for 7 days in Israel and 8 days outside Israel.” (Wikipedia)

Nepal also had the distinction of being host to the highest Passover seders in the world, in Manang in 2016.

Passover in Manang, Nepal. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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