IN PICTURES Western Wall Employees Clearing Wall of Notes in Preparation for Passover

As masses of Jews begin intensive preparations for the upcoming Passover holiday the Western Wall, embark on their own version of spring cleaning.

The Jewish holiday of Passover which will take place beginning April 6, is traditionally paired with spring cleaning.

As masses of Jews begin intensive preparations for the upcoming Passover holiday, employees at the Western Wall, embark on their own version of spring cleaning: removing the thousands of notes left by visitors in the cracks of the wall in which prayers, requests, and messages to God.

A worker removes notes from the cracks of the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City March 28, 2012. Reuters

The employees use wooden sticks that are immersed at a mikveh, a ritual bath of purification, supervised by the Western Wall's presiding rabbi, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch.

Once the notes are removed they are taken to be buried, making room for more notes during the coming year.