How do you wish someone Happy Passover? And should you even do so? Those are among the top trending Passover-related searches conducted by Googlers in the wake of the Jewish holiday that just ended.
- Meringue chocolate-almond cake for Passover
- Do Passover eggs and Easter eggs have a shared origin?
- Were Hebrews ever slaves in ancient Egypt? Yes
Easter – which coincided with Passover this year – prompted its share of searches too, with "what is Palm Sunday" the top trending one.
While the appropriate greeting for the Jewish winter holiday – Happy Hannukah – is familiar to most, there is considerable hesitation about what to say to those celebrating Passover, according to Google. Four out of five trending questions on the festival concern what, if anything, to say, including #5 on the list "How to say happy Passover in Yiddish?" along with other variations like: Do you say Happy Passover? (#1) How to say happy Passover? (#3) and what do you say on Passover (#4).
"Is Easter a national holiday?" and "How to dye Easter eggs" were among the top five searches on the Christian holiday.
However, those seeking accurate information on Passover would be advised not to put all their eggs in the Google basket. While the search engine cites egg hunts and Easter bunnies as well-known traditions associated with Easter, it claims that "for Passover, the traditional cedar is customary." The reference to a tree will come as a surprise to most Jews, who mark the holiday with a similar-sounding seder, or ceremonial meal during which the Haggadah is read.
In one peculiar finding involving a showdown between searches for Easter bunny versus Easter eggs, all but one U.S. state sought bunnies, with Utah the holdout for eggs.