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Palestine’s Samaritan community celebrates Passover holiday on Mount Gerzim in Nablus


NABLUS, Thursday, April 25, 2019 (WAFA) – Palestine’s Samaritan community celebrated this morning the last day of the seven-day Jewish Passover (Pessah) holiday on top of Mount Gerzim in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Hundreds of Samaritans walked before dawn to the top of Mount Gerzim, the highest mountain peak in the West Bank with almost 900 meters above sea level and considered the most sacred ground to the Samaritans, where they held their celebrations for several hours.

The Samaritans, who number around 800 persons living between Nablus, where the majority is found, and Holon inside Israel, hold their Passover holiday every year in April for seven days, which culminates with the pilgrimage to the top of Mount Gerzim, considered as the location where the prophet Abraham nearly sacrificed his son.

In addition to celebrating the last day of Passover holiday on top of Mount Gerzim, the Samaritans also mark the Jewish Sukkot (Festival of Tabernacles) holiday in the fall on that location.


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