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Jewish Festivals

It is believed that the Jews of Kerala migrated here in the 1st after the second temple of Jerusalem was destroyed in 72 AD. The Jewish community settled mainly in and around Mattancherry, Kochi and brought with them the Jewish customs and festivals. The Passover Festival is celebrated annually to commemorate the liberation of Jews from Egyptian slavery followed by the Pentecost Festival and the feast of the Tabernacles. Then, there are their New Year celebration in September or October and Hanukkah, the 'festival of lights' too.

Passover or Pesach festival is celebrated by the Jews in March or April as possibly sprung up as a Spring festival originally until it became related with the escape of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Pentecost is usually celebrated on the fiftieth day of the Passover ans was originally an Old Testament festival related to agriculture and was celebrated in order to welcome the Spring. However, in the early New Testament period, it somehow became associated with the celebration of God's creation of His people and his gracious gift of the law on Mount Sinai. Feast of Tabernacles is one of the oldest festivals of the Jews. It is known as the Feast of Ingathering in the Bible and in Hebrew, it is known as Sukkoth. Similarly, Hanukkah is the jewish Feast of Dedication.

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