Celebratory French Vocabulary

French Passover vocabulary
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The Jewish festival of Passover lasts for seven or eight days sometime in March or April. The dates vary because this holiday is not based on the Gregorian calendar, aka solar calendar. Passover begins on the 15th of Nisan, the first month in the Hebrew calendar.

In 2022, Passover begins on 15 April; in 2023 it will begin on 5 April. Here’s some French vocabulary to help you celebrate this Jewish celebration of freedom.*

Passover la Pâque
Easter le Pâques, les Pâques (f)
spring le printemps
exodus l’exode
freedom la liberté
Messiah le Messie
prayer la prière
prophet le prophète
rabbi le rabbin
slavery l’esclavage, la servitude
story une histoire
yarmulke la kippa
bitter herbs les herbes amères
brisket la poitrine de bœuf
carrot une carotte
charoset le charoset
(une pâte sucrée qui symbolise le mortier)
Gefilte fish une boulette de poisson
grape juice le jus de raisin
horseradish le raifort
kosher casher, kasher
lettuce la laitue, la salade
matzoh ball une boulette de pain azyme
nuts les fruits secs
orange une orange
parsley le persil
potato une pomme de terre
prune un pruneau
roast chicken le poulet rôti
roasted egg un œuf rôti
shankbone un os du jarret d’agneau
spices les épices
sweet potato une patate douce
unleavened bread le pain azyme
le pain sans levain
wine le vin
to bless bénir
to eat manger
to pray prier
to symbolize symboliser
to tell (a story) raconter (une histoire)

* I am not Jewish, so I’ve collected this information from various resources. If there are any mistakes or major omissions, please let me know and I’ll be happy to fix them.

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