Fifth Day of Passover – Fast of the Firstborn and Chametz

It is tradition that the first born male in each home fasts, commemorating God’s act of sparing the firstborn Jewish sons from the plague that killed Egyptian children.  Every firstborn male is required to fast, however provisions are made for those unable to fast by participating in a meal marking a mitzvah (good deed).  In some traditions the firstborn daughter participates in the fast.