Facets of Faith: Passover; Crowder concerts _lowres

Photo provided by CMA Promotions -- David Crowder is returning to South Louisiana with his band Crowder and its Neon Steeple tour. Crowder will play in Lafayette and New Orleans in April.

Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 3.

This holiday is when Jews celebrate leaving slavery in Egypt. Its name is from the story in Exodus where God had the children of Israel mark their homes with the blood of a lamb. These homes were passed over when God passed through Egypt killing all of the first-born. After the incident, Pharaoh agreed to let the Jews leave.

The Orthodox Union, the organization that certifies products as kosher every year offers a Passover guide.

In addition to a print edition, the website oukosher.org/passover/ and the iOS and Android OU Kosher app offer this holiday information. Hitting the download button and giving your email address will give a PDF of the 108-page guide.

The group offers many articles on preparing for the holiday.

For instance, one article explains how to clean utensils so that they are kosher. Another explains how to clean all the chametz, or leavened food, from the house. This includes bread, but also things such as beer and whiskey made from grain.

Other articles focus on medicines, kitchen tips and even what nonfood items can be used during Passover. For instance, using aluminum foil, cleaners, paper towels and most cosmetics and hair products is OK. However, items that are used on or in the mouth may need to be special for Passover, such as toothpaste, mouthwash and lipstick.

The website calculates times by location that certain activities are supposed to begin. For instance, in Baton Rouge, the candle lighting of the first night comes at 7:06 p.m. The last chametz can be eaten at 10:38 a.m.

A brief overview on the holiday observance can be found in the “Observing the Passover Holiday” article, which describes basic preparation as well as a quick Seder guide and what to do after the holiday ends April 11.

The site also offers recipes.

The information can be a necessity in Jewish households and can be very informative for those who wish to learn about the religion.

Folktronica returns

David Crowder entertained a full house in Baton Rouge in December with his folktronica Neon Steeple tour, a combination of electronic dance music and Americana sounds all worshipping God.

The band is on another leg of its Neon Steeple tour and will make two stops in South Louisiana.

The first is 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Crossroads Church, 150 Verona Dr., Lafayette.

Admission is $40 for VIP tickets that include early entry and a post-show meet and greet, or $25 for general admission.

For information, call (337) 234-4308 or (800) 965-9324 or visit itickets.com.

The next night, Sunday, April 12, Crowder will perform at 7 p.m. at the Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., New Orleans. Admission is $42 for VIP reserved seats with early entry and a post-show meet and greet, or $23 for general admission. For information call (504) 528-9369 or visit thejoytheater.com.

Both will have Tim Timmons and Dan Bremnes as opening acts.