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Photo series: Passover in Southend-on-Sea

During the Jewish month of Nissan, Orthodox Jews saunter down to the seafront at Southend-on-Sea, Essex. They are celebrating Passover [Hebrew: Pesach].

It’s a big occasion. After all, Passover celebrates Jewish liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. During the 8-day holiday, Jews avoid leaven, enjoy Seder meals – consisting of four cups of wine, bitter herbs and matzah (unleavened flatbread) – and regale in the story of the Exodus.

Chief PA photographer, Stefan Rousseau, spent two days photographing them and capturing candid moments by the sea of Orthodox Jews from London and Essex.

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PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Matt started off as a live music photographer covering up-and-coming bands in Brighton, and since then has become enamoured by the power of pictures. With a penchant for storytelling, he's on a mission to uncover unique images from the Alamy library and tell the story behind them.