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Easter / Passover Mashups, Part I: Passover Peep Panoramas


A Very Peeps Passover by Nycole Klein and Chris Patton, placed 32nd in the Washington Post's 3rd Annual Peep Show. "Our Peeps have sat down to a traditional Passover Seder, complete with the requisite Passover Haggada (prayer book), Seder plate, candles, matzo and lots of wine. As an added bonus, the Afikomen is hidden somewhere in the room!" says Klein.

've always liked the hands-on craftiness of coloring Easter eggs, and although I don't celebrate Easter, I have been known to put out on my seder table a plate of hard boiled eggs bearing brightly-colored eggs shells.

So naturally I'm a fan of other mashups of seasonal Jewish and Christian cultural vocabularies, like the above panorama of a Pesach dinner attended by Peeps®. (Gives the expression "my peeps" a whole new meaning, doesn't it?)

Peeps®, if you don't know, are bizarre little marshmallow candies traditionally shaped like little yellow chicks and popular at Easter.

According to Wikipedia, theyare made from marshmallow, sugar, gelatin, and carnauba wax, but they have a distinctly unfoodlike texture. In 1999, scientists at Emory University performed experiments on batches of Peeps® to see if they really are indestructable: "They claimed that the eyes of the confectionery 'wouldn't dissolve in anything.'"

Their apparent indestructability and their excessive cuteness challenges people to desecrate them, and so many bricoleurs have tried their hands at making Peeps® dioramas that newspapers now hold annual contests. (These are not to be confused with "Peep Offs," where contestants compete to choke down the greatest number of stale Peeps.)

Writing on Jewschool,feygele called our attention to flickr user stylecouncil1's wonderful Peeps for Passover, a series of photos of the ten plagues as performed by Peeps®.

Chag Sameach Pesach!

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