Passover lasts eight days, but on the first two nights everyone congregates for festive meals called seders. A traditional seder is broken up into 13 parts that are easy to keep track of because of a handy little book called the haggadah (picture it as a how-to guide for the meal).
No matter what kind of seder you’re attending, here are the key points to remember:
- You’re actually supposed to drink four glasses of wine (I know, right?).
- Everyone is supposed to recline as much as possible (once again…awesome).
- Only the children get to find the piece of matzo known as the afikomen for a prize (come one -- it can’t all be good news).
- There will be an extra glass of wine on the table. Do not drink it. It is for Elijah, the prophet, who is said to visit every seder and sip from the cup.
The door of the home may be slightly ajar to “let Elijah in.” So if you see it that way, don’t close it. It wouldn’t be a huge deal if you did, but it would qualify as a seder faux pas.
The So Called Seder: A Hip Hop Haggadah, $12, ModernTribe.com