Passover Sedar and the Ten Plagues

passover bag of plagues

April 19, 2014– Dear Secret Diary.  I’ll bet you’re bummed you didn’t make the Passover Seder this year.

As you may know, Passover is a 8-day holiday that celebrates the Jewish people’s escape from slavery in Egypt.  A Seder is a gathering which takes place the first and second night where the story of Passover is told over the course of a dinner.

According to the story, Pharaoh, the Egyptian King, kept going back on his word to free the slaves, and so God sent ten plagues to his country to encourage him to alter his thinking.  Although the holiday is a celebratory and playful one, the religious teachings are to take no joy in the suffering of others, in this case the Egyptians, regardless of what they may or may not have done.

To signify the plagues, plastic symbols or representations of the plagues are sold.  As you can see below, the plagues include things like boils, lice, and locusts.

Passover Bag of Plauges 2

At one point during the meal Diary, I looked at my neighbor’s plate and saw that her playful neighbor on the other side had decided to have some “fun” with the lice plague.

Passover Plague 3

Nuf said.

P.S.  The food you see under the lice is known as charoset, a mixture of nuts, apples, wine, and honey.  It tasted good at one point during the evening.