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What is a traditional Passover greeting?

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A traditional Passover greeting in the Hebrew language is “Chag sameach,” which means “joyous festival.” Other appropriate Passover greetings include “Happy Pesach” and “Happy Passover.” "Gut Yontiff," meaning "good holiday," can be used as a greeting for Passover or any holiday.

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Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is a Jewish holiday referring to the Bible story in Exodus 12:23, in which God passed over the Israelites while killing all the rest of the first-born in the land of Egypt. In so doing, God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The holiday, which is widely observed in Jewish families, takes place in the spring and lasts for eight days.

Jews avoid bread and leavened food during Passover. The Passover seder meal features items made from ground matzah, including matzah balls and sponge cake.

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