Welcome back! Have you ever wondered why Easter seems to be a little nomadic on the calendar? The date changes every year. I was having a discussion on a long car trip this past weekend with a loved one and neither one of us really knew. Well, Google to the rescue!
According to ThoughtCo, “At the heart of the matter lies a very simple explanation. Easter is a movable feast. The earliest believers in the church of Asia Minor wished to keep the observance of Easter correlated to the Jewish Passover. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ happened after the Passover, so followers wanted Easter always to be celebrated subsequent to the Passover. And, since the Jewish holiday calendar is based on solar and lunar cycles, each feast day is movable, with dates shifting from year to year”.
Now to dig a little deeper, here is some history on Passover in the Jewish faith. Per Wikipedia, The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible especially in the Book of Exodus, in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.
The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-born in these homes, hence the English name of the holiday.
When the Pharaoh freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread dough to rise (leaven). In commemoration, for the duration of Passover no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason Passover was called the feast of unleavened bread in the Torah or Old Testament. Thus matzo (flat unleavened bread) is eaten during Passover and it is a tradition of the holiday.”
Today Im going to share with you a great recipe for Matzo Icebox Cake.
Simple. Easy. Delicious. Thanks to Delish on Youtube for sharing that recipe.
Until next time, Hoppy Baking! See what I did there? Did you?
Here’s hoping you have a wonderful holiday filled with family and friends! And for those of you that don’t celebrate the holiday, thank you for indulging me in letting me share some great history!