Passover is one of the 3 great harvest or pilgrimage festivals of the Jewish Year. It is also referred to as Chag HaAviv - the Spring Festival, in recognition of the Spring harvest. Because of its agricultural role, we say a blessing over a green vegetable, typically parsley. BUT we need to link this act with the overall theme of our redemption from slavery to freedom. Thus, we dip our parsley in salt water, to remember the bitter tears shed during slavery by our ancestors.

haggadah Section: Karpas