Add these Easter and Passover iPhone apps to your holiday basket

Apr 18, 2011
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Passover kicks off on Monday night, and the pitter-pattering of the Easter bunny isn’t far behind.So how best to go about preparing for the two of the most significant holidays on the Jewish and Christian calendars? Between the religious ceremonies, the food and the home decor, you are going to want to do the holy […]

Passover kicks off on Monday night, and the pitter-pattering of the Easter bunny isn’t far behind.So how best to go about preparing for the two of the most significant holidays on the Jewish and Christian calendars? Between the religious ceremonies, the food and the home decor, you are going to want to do the holy days right.

As such, we have assembled the very best Passover and Easter iPhone apps on the market. So don’t worry about overcooking the hard-boiled eggs, or forgetting one of the four questions, download these, and you’ve got it covered.

Passover

If you’re hosting a Seder dinner for family and friends, you have to have the menu right. The Passover Food Street app ($0.99) includes recipes for soups, salads, appetizers and main courses, all keeping with tradition, of course. So get ready for some gefilte fish loaf!

No Passover would be complete without a reading of the Haggadah, and the $2.99 Haggadah app will keep things short and sweet. This abbreviated version will ensure that you fulfill God’s commandment and “tell your son” about how the Jewish people were liberated from Egypt. For those who prefer the unabridged version, there’s the iHagada app available in Hebrew and English for $0.99.

And in order to prepare for the reading of the singing of the four questions, there’s the iMahNishtanah app ($0.99). The app allows you to read along while listening to a recording of the questions being chanted. There is also Hebrew-to-English flash cards, and a recorder so you can tape yourself practicing.

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Easter

Holy Week — which culminates on Easter Sunday — is, for Christians, the most sacred time of the year. Among the traditions is the Stations of the Cross, wherein the faithful recount (and sometimes act out) Jesus’ walk from the Garden of Gethsemane to the summit of Calvary. The StationsoftheCross app ($0.99) guides you through the 14 stations, and includes the dialogue traditionally recited during the procession.

Nothing is more important to a successful Easter celebration than dozens of brightly colored Easter eggs. Boiling and dyeing starts days in advance, and with the $0.99 Egg Dyeing 101 app, you can rest assured that yours will be showcase-ready. The app includes dozens of tips on how to spectacularly decorate eggs, all with simple household items.

For those off you who don’t want to turn your fingers unnatural shades of blue, yellow and pink, test out the iColor Easter Eggs app for $1.99. It allows you to decorate digital eggs, and then email them to friends and family, or post them on your friends’ Facebook walls. You can include colored stripes, dots, bunnies and personalized Easter messages. It isn’t quite as fun as the real thing, but it’s definitely less messy.

For Easter-themed children’s stories, nothing tops Beatrix Potter. No-one can help but be charmed by her classic tales that feature — more often than not — rabbits with soft, floppy ears. The Beatrix Potter Collection app ($0.99) includes 12 stories, each with original illustrations and audio narration. Peter Rabbit is a good place to start.

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Finally, what holiday-themed list would be complete without a mention of Angry Birds Seasons? This time round, our avian friends will be taking out those irritating pigs who are sporting bunny ears for this Easter update. Hunt down the golden eggs, and enjoy 15 challenging levels full of spring goodness.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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