The coronavirus has forced us all to live our lives in ways we never imagined. Gone, for the time being, are large celebrations that involve big groups of people. Social distancing is one of the most highly recommended practices to help us all stop the spread of COVID-19. But with Passover and Easter celebrations taking place this weekend, it’s pretty clear that the festivities will have to take place a lot differently than they have been in years of past.
Passover Seders and Easter dinners are big deals at this time of year. They generally involve having family members and friends over for wonderful meals. The current pandemic is bringing all of that to a halt. However, there’s no reason you still can’t enjoy either a Passover Seder or an Easter dinner with your friends and family.
Passover begins this evening and goes until the evening of Thursday, April 16th. The Passover Seder is a traditional dinner that is generally attended by numerous family members and friends. As mentioned, the current COVID-19 crisis will make such large gatherings unlikely. Rachelle Feldman of Princeton, New Jersey spoke to Kristen Rogers of CNN to explain that she’ll be using Zoom to enjoy this year’s Passover Seder with her family.
Zoom has become an incredibly popular tool in recent weeks. The video conferencing service enables people to see and speak with each other on their smartphones, tablets or desktop computers. So, this year, why not set up a virtual dinner than enables you to eat with your loved ones while maintaining social distancing at the same time?
“Typically, extended families and guests come together for the Seder,” writes Rogers, “This year, Feldman will celebrate the Seder via Zoom with her immediate family members who are all in different states: her husband is in Florida, while her daughter is in New York and her son is in Pennsylvania. Feldman has already ordered the symbolic foods that are must-haves on the Seder plate: maror (bitter herbs) and chazeret (horseradish and onions); charoset; matzoh; and more.”
Rogers reports that many people are planning to use video conferencing as a solution to their holiday celebration dilemmas. For her article, she also spoke to New York City journalist and founder of Spoken Entertainment, Steven McCoy. He plans on having a virtual Easter dinner this Easter Sunday.
“The McCoy family’s plan is to get together with extended family via video chat all day, and paint Easter eggs over a web cam,” explains Rogers, “They’ll do what McCoy called an ‘Easter Quarantine Egg Hunt’ by hiding the eggs within their camera-framed space and giving each player three chances to guess where the egg might be.”
On behalf of everyone at Canadian POS, we would like to wish you a wonderful holiday long weekend! No matter which traditional you celebrate, we hope it will be one to remember. Of course, you won’t likely enjoy the type of gathering you’re used to. But we sincerely wish the best for you and your family as you celebrate your special occasion virtually!