Jewish residents take part in pre-Passover ritual

Members of the Jewish faith in Spring Valley took part in a ritual bread burning today that can become so big, the fire department is called in to help ensure the ceremony remains under control.

Matzo, a specific type of unleavened bread, plays an important part in the Passover celebration, but equally important is the discarding of any leavened bread before Jews can sit down for their dinner, known as a Seder.

Jews from the orthodox and Hasidic communities congregated in Spring Valley, where families toss bags of leavened bread into the heart of the flames, a ritual performed in the hours just before sundown on the first night of the holiday.

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