Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Not Just Passing through Lafayette... Passover in Lafayette

Here's a little drawing of a seder plate :)
Hello Dear Reader. I made it to Cajun Country! Wahoo! More on that in the next entry after I visit Woodvale Elementary School tomorrow and spend some more time in Lafayette learning a bit more about what it means to be Cajun. Then I'll be telling you all about it, Dear Reader.

But onto this entry... what a magnificant time of year it is... Easter is coming up very soon-- this coming Sunday-- and for Jewish folks like myself, Passover started last night with a Seder (pronounced SAY-der) and will last for eight days.

I got to Lafayette last night-- JUST in time to take a shower and change into my fancy clothes. (HA. That would be my one pair of pants and my button down shirt.) I took a cab over to the synagogue and I was almost just in time (that is to say-- a little late) for the beginning of the Seder. During the Seder special foods are eaten while the story of the Exodus is told in a way that can be understood in today's world. It was so wonderful to be a part of something so familiar in Lafayette that I have been a part of every year of my life. Tonight I got to go to a second Seder at a LOVELY home here in Lafayette.

Unlike the Seattle area, most everyone here-- students and adults-- has the day off for Good Friday this Friday. I'll have to remember to stack up on supplies as I'll be heading to New Orleans. I hope to get there by Easter Sunday.

Today I did just a little teeny weeny bit of site seeing at the Acadian Cultural Center National Historic Site. Cajun culture is FASCINATING. The rest of the day was spent doing some stocking up: a new book to read, bike shop supplies, etc. I am happy to report that I have two brand new tires on my wheels. After 1,350 miles, it was time. Whew! What a relief! I'd gotten SUPER fast at changing flat tires. That should tell you how often I was getting them.

Cheers, Dear Reader!

4 comments:

cameron said...

hi ms.v are you having a good trip

edwin said...

ms ventura,

I'm going to celebrate Easter by going on a scout to look for eggs. What do you do for Passover?

Marcia Ventura said...

Cameron, I am having a GREAT trip. Thanks for asking :) Are you having a good spring break?

Ms. V.

Marcia Ventura said...

Edwin,

for Passover a group of people will eat a huge dinner together but only after telling the story of the Israelites Exodus out of Egypt. We eat foods that symbolize the hardship of that Exodus.

How was your Easter? Did you have fun scouting for eggs?

Ms. V