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From Kathmandu to Jerusalem, how Jews around the world are celebrating Passover
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Millions of Jews around the world this week are celebrating Passover, known as Pesach in Hebrew, which is one of the most important festivals in the Jewish year. 

The religious festival began at sundown on April 14. It commemorates the liberation of the ancient Israelites from centuries of slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.

Preparations for Passover began weeks ago, with Jews scrubbing their houses, making unleavened bread and burning unleavened products and items made from yeast, which are prohibited during the week-long holiday. 

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Israeli Jewish worshippers light candles as they perform a ceremony for Passover in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 14, 2014.

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Israeli Jewish worshippers pray during a ceremony for Passover in Kathmandu on April 14, 2014.

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Israeli Jewish worshippers gather for a Passover celebration in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 14, 2014.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews burn leavened products before the start of the Jewish Passover in the city of Bnei Brak in central Israel on April 14, 2014. All leavened food, such as bread, is forbidden to Jews during the week-long holiday which commemorates the exodus of Israelites from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.

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An Ultra-Orthodox Jew places a leavened item on a fire in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak on April 14, 2014, before the start of the Jewish Passover holiday.

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An Ultra-Orthodox Jew prays as leavened products are burned on a fire in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak on April 14, 2014, before the start of Passover.

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A group of Israeli Jews prays during a Passover ceremony in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 14, 2014.

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An Israeli Jew sits on the floor and prays during a Passover ceremony in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 14, 2014.

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Sheep are herded towards Mount Gerizim near the West Bank city of Nablus on April 13, 2014, where they will be slaughtered by Israeli Samaritans as part of a traditional ceremony for Passover.

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Israeli Samaritans slaughter sheep at Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank city of Nablus, on April 13, 2014, as part of a traditional ceremony for Passover.

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Israeli Samaritans look on as sheep are slaughtered during a sacrifice ceremony for Passover at Mount Gerizim near the West Bank city of Nablus on April 13, 2014.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews collect water from a mountain spring near Jerusalem on April 2, 2014. The water will be used to bake unleavened bread, which will be eaten during the week-long Passover holiday.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews carry urns of water collected from a mountain spring near Jerusalem on April 2, 2014. The water will be used to make unleavened bread, which will be eaten during the week-long Passover holiday.

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Israeli Jewish women knead dough to make unleavened bread for Passover in the southern village of Komemiyut on March 24, 2014.

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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man carries a tray of baked unleavened bread in the southern Israeli village of Komemiyut on March 24, 2014.

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