Passover or Pesach, is a high celebration in the Jewish Hebrew calendar. Passover is an eight-day holiday, beginning with two days of no work, four days of limited work and ending with two days of no work. The Passover celebration includes several Seder meals, with roast lamb, bitter herbs and matzo bread. Passover, or Pesach commemorates the passing over of the angel of death during the ten plagues of Egypt. God punished the Egyptians for the enslavement of the Hebrews. First born male infants were to die unless the blood of a lamb was put on the lintels and door posts. Passover, or Pesach, is part of Christian calendar as well; it was at the Passover meal that Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist or communion.
Passover doesn’t fall on the same date every year. In the Jewish Hebrew calendar Passover falls in the month of Nissan. In the Gregorian or western calendar, Passover falls in March or April. In 2016, Passover begins at sundown on April 22 and runs till April 30. Here are free printable activities to explore the Passover. Start at Chabad for a guide to Passover. Here is the Jewish Kids Pesach site. Use these for classroom instruction, homeschool, religious education and Hebrew school. Here are free printable Pesach greeting cards. Torah Tots has free printable Passover games, coloring pages, kids crafts, worksheets, lesson plans, greeting cards and more.
About Homeschooling has nine free printable Passover lessons, puzzles, word games, crossword, word search, DL-TK has free printable Passover kids crafts, Torah and Bible crafts, games and puzzles. Artists Helping Children has many printable Jewish Passover kids crafts. Fun Family Crafts has free printable Passover kids crafts for children on Torah and Bible stories of Moses, the Ten Commandments, the 10 Plagues of Egypt, the Exodus and more. Care has 10 very tasteful free printable Pesach kids crafts. Paper Crafts has a nice free printable cut and paste Hebrew menorah for Passover and other holy day prayers. Free Kids Crafts has three pages of free printable patterns for Jewish Passover crafts (be sure to click through all three pages).
Whatever your ideology, it’s important to know that Passover celebration is an essential historical event. Use these free printable lesson plans as part of world history studies or world religion class. Explore the Seder meal in its significance. Use these for a Jewish Passover party, or host a Passover celebration in your classroom. What a wonderful way to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism! Mazel Tov!