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Mama Mia, It’s Passover!

Liven up your seder with this Italian Passover custom.

Mama Mia, It’s Passover!

This year, Passover begins at sundown April 5, and that’s when Jewish families everywhere gather to tell the story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. While the story remains the same around the world, some countries have traditions unique to them.

Author Tami Lehman-Wilzig has studied these different traditions and tells about them in her book, Passover Around the World. We asked Tami to share one of her favorite customs, and she told us about how Italians begin their Seders. Keep reading below.



Among many Italians it is customary not to have the Seder plate positioned on the table, waiting for the guests to arrive.

Instead, the guests stand behind their chairs, waiting for the Seder plate to make its grand entrance – and a grand entrance it is. Covered with netting, it is carried in by an honored elder, usually the woman of the house. She places it on the table with great flourish. Sometimes the guests sing songs as she places the Seder plate at the head of the table and removes the netting.

It’s definitely a fun way to begin the seder.

To learn more about fascinating global Passover traditions, download Passover Around the World at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

Happy Seder planning!


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