Passover is one of the most important Jewish holidays, and the Seder on the first two nights is a celebration of food, wine, and biblical stories. But the biggest celebration isn’t in Israel — it’s in Nepal.
Last year, Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu celebrated its 30th anniversary of hosting the world’s largest Seder. The first was organized by then-rabbinical students Mendel Kastel and Mendel Lipskier in 1989 when they were attending yeshiva in Australia. Israel’s ambassador had put out a notice of a Seder at the embassy, but when too many people signed up, he asked for help. Katel and Lipskier answered the call and took on the duties of ensuring all the food was kosher and enough unleavened bread, wine, and gefilte fish was brought into the country. All the while, the list of attendees continued to grow. The original 90 people turned to 100, then 200, then more. They secured a larger space outside of the embassy, and they used doors from a nearby hotel that was under construction as tables. In all, 500 Jewish people showed up from around the world.