On the table, in front of the person who conducts the service, place a large platter containing Seder symbols:
Also a piece of horseradish, a bit of haroses, and a spray of parsley.
Besides these, there are placed on the table for the company:
1. A plate of bitter herbs (horseradish), cut into small pieces.
2. A dish of haroses.
3. Parsley or watercress.
4. A dish of salt water.
5. A cup of wine is placed at each plate, and a large brimming goblet in the center of the table for the prophet Elijah.
The meal served during the Seder follows the form of a banquet of olden times. Hence the reference, in the Hebrew texts of the Four Questions, to the custom of reclining on the left side—a position assumed by free men. Preserving this custom, many households still provide a large cushioned armchair for the person conducting the Seder.
The table is usually spread with the best of the family's china and silverware, and adorned with flowers, in keeping with the festive spirit.
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