The Embassy of Israel in Kathmandu celebrated the Jewish festival“Passover” in Kathmandu with hundreds of Israelis and Jews traveling to Nepal from around the world.
A special function was held for all the Jews living in and traveling to Nepal on 25March 2013 in Naya Bazar Multi Venue, Naya Bazaar, Kathmandu. Over a thousand Israelis and Jews observed this festival only in Nepal making it the biggest Passover celebration in the world. Not only the Jews living in Nepal, but many Jews from other nations also visited Nepal for the festival.
Pesach or Passover is the biggest and the most popular Jewish festival celebrated in and beyond Israel. Pesach begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month Nissan and is celebrated for 7 days. This year it will be celebrated from 26 March to 2 April 2013. The name Pesach is derived from the Hebrew word Pasach, which means “passed over”. The festival marks the beginning of spring and commemorates the Exodus from Egypt over 3000 years ago.
According to press release, special food is prepared during the festival called Matzah. Matzah is unleavened bread made simply from flour and water and cooked very quickly. This is the bread that Jews made for their flight from Egypt.
The festival can be compared with Nepali festival Dashain, as this is the time when all the family members gather to celebrate and spend time together for a week.