Celebrating Easter, Passover on LI
Long Islanders celebrate the Passover and Easter holidays in various ways. Passover, the weeklong Jewish commemoration of the deliverance of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, begins with lighting the Shabbat candle and observing the Passover seder and is marked with special prayer services and festive meals. In devout households, the youngest person asks the Four Questions about what sets Passover apart from all other nights. Easter, the chief feast in the liturgical calendars of all Christian churches, is marked with various religious services to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Children delight in Easter eggs and the Easter bunny, both symbols of the feast and springtime. The two holidays coincide because the death and resurrection of Jesus were linked to the Passover feast.