The Samaritans celebrate only the seven festivals laid down in the Torah:
 
  1. Passover
  2. The  Feast of the Unleavened Bread (Matsot)
  3. The  Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot)
  4. The  Feast of the Seventh Month (Rosh Ha chdoesh Ha Sheviei)
  5. The (Feast) Day of  Atonement (Yom Kipur)
  6. The  Feast of Tabernacles (Sucoth)
  7. The  Feast of Sehmini Atzeret (the Eighth day of  Holy Convocation). 
 
The first month of the year,  is the “Spring Month”- Nissan, and the first festival is Passover.
Some days before the middle of  Nissan, the whole community proceed to the place of the sacrifice on Mount Gerizim the chosen place, allowing for preparations begin days before.
 

The Passover Sacrifice:

Preparing the Oven by filling it with Olive tree stems.
Preparing the Oven by filling it with Olive tree stems.

Here alone in the world is the historic rite of  the Passover of  Israel maintained.
This the only sacrifice done today. 

All are dressed in white to their girdles. At noon the kilns are ignited.The priests oversee the ceremony .

At sundown everyone gathers around the altars. The sheep are watched over by the children. The High Priest begins the prayer with5105388902_35954b790f_z

all the crowd joining in. The singing of a mercy liturgy fills the air.

Finally ,with the sundown the High Priest standing on the high stone delivers the sentence, “And all Israel crowd will slaughter it”.

The Burning Ovens
The Burning Ovens

 

The sheep’s skins are taken off, stomachs an kidneys are burned on the altar. The sheep are spited and placed in the kilns pits.

The Priests are leading  the Ceremony
The Priests are leading the Ceremony

 

After every one finished, to clean their ships from the skins and other forbidden parts,they gather around the ovens, and put the sheeps inside , for about three  hours. The ovens are covered by muddy sand.

At midnight ,everyone gathers around the altars again, the High Priest gives the order and  the skewers are uncovered. 

The Slaughtering moment. The blood must be squirt on the walls of  the altar.
The Slaughtering moment. The blood must be squirt on the walls of the altar.

 

Removing the ship Skins.
Removing the ship’s Skins.

Every family collects the share of the Passover Sacrifice in a big pail. The meat is eaten quickly, mails and females, boys and girls. Finally before mourning the remainder of the meat is gathered together and burnt on the altar accompanied with singing and dancing.  At 3:00 AM all the mails of the community gather again, for a prayer at the synagogue. 

Waiting  around the ovens to the command of the high priests to insert it in.
Waiting around the ovens to the command of the high priest to insert it in.

 

Covering the Ovens with muddy sand
Covering the Ovens with muddy sand

The Song of “Ambbarak Hu Bitted ad Yaacob” (Blessed will be the lineane of our forefather Jacob) , sung by the Israelite Samaritans, right after taking the ships out of the ovens.