The name of PASSOVER comes from the fact that God “passed over” the houses of the Jews when he was slaying the firstborn of Egypt. In Hebrew, it is known as Pesach (meaning “passing over” or “protection”). During Passover the blood from a lamb was smeared over the door. Passover is the holiday celebrating the Hebrews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt and the “passing over” of the forces of destruction, or the sparing of the firstborn of the Israelites.
(Exodus 5:1 – 5:9, 7:8 – 7:13)
The festival of Passover is one of great rejoicing