During one week, Jews commemorate the flight of their people from Egypt (the Exodus). In Hebrew it is referred to as Pesach (which literally means ‘to pass over’ and which later became ‘the mouth speaks’). It is an oral handing-down of the memory of these events, given that the mouth is where words and food join together. The account of the Exodus opens the Passover meal and, likewise, the different types of food eaten each narrate the ordeal of the Israelites and their passage from slavery to freedom.
In Christian tradition, Easter brings an end to the Lenten fast with a series of rich dishes. Lamb commemorates the sacrifice and resurrection of Christ and is served as the main course, either as a leg of lamb or in a roast or stew. Other food such as decorated eggs, chocolate rabbits and bells have been introduced into Easter celebrations over time. Their origins lie in various tales from pagan mythology.