If you’re traveling over the Passover holiday but you’d like to attend a Seder, you can choose from hundreds in the U.S. and abroad sponsored by the Jewish outreach organization Chabad Lubavitch.
The eight-day holiday of Passover begins at sundown April 3 and ends April 11. The seder is a ritual meal with readings, songs and special food, including matzo. Chabad will be holding seders the first two nights of the holiday.
The events will take place in every corner of the world. There will also be Seders on nearly 100 college campuses.
The events are open to the public, and many are free, though it’s best to let organizers know if you plan to attend so they can prepare.
The Seder Finder, at Chabad.org/Seders, lists some 2,000 communal Seders.
Disney plans 24-hour dance parties
Disney parks in both Florida and California are planning 24-hour events in May with dance parties, character greetings and other surprises.
Walt Disney World outside Orlando, Fla., will open the Magic Kingdom for 24 hours Memorial Day weekend, from 6 a.m. Friday, May 22, to 6 a.m. Saturday, May 23. The event will kick off the park’s "Coolest Summer Ever" programming, which will include, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, daily "Frozen"-themed shows and experiences June 17-Sept. 7 and "Star Wars" weekends May 15-June 14.
On the West Coast, Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., is kicking off its 60th anniversary with a 24-hour event, also 6 a.m. May 22 through 6 a.m. May 23. The diamond anniversary includes the premiere of "Disneyland Forever" fireworks.
U.S. sees more international guests
Seventy-five million international tourists visited the United States in 2014, an increase of 7 percent over 2013, according to U.S. Department of Commerce statistics.
Perhaps not surprisingly, more visitors come from bordering countries, Canada and Mexico, than anywhere else in the world.
The top three ports of entry — New York (Kennedy Airport), Miami and Los Angeles — accounted for 41 percent of all overseas arrivals.
Thirty-seven percent of visitors came from Western Europe, 28 percent from Asia and nearly 16 percent from South America.