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Rising Meat Prices Inhibit 2023 Passover And Ramadan Celebrations
By Nick Johnson
Across the world, countless people are feeling the devastating effects of inflation, as many items are becoming increasingly inaccessible. This high prices can keep people from practicing cultural and religious traditions, and those who will be celebrating Ramadan or Passover will be forced to confront similar limitations when preparing ceremonial cuisine in 2023. 
Global patterns in food inflation will take a toll on the traditional Passover Seder plate, which bears six symbolically significant foods, like the zeroa portion, often represented by a lamb shank. The beitzah, or egg, will also be considerably more expensive, and maror, represented by a bitter herb horseradish, has cost as much as 40% more during the recent inflation era.
Many people in Muslim-majority nations will struggle to find affordable ingredients for their Ramadan recipes, and there have been attempts by governments and NGOs to combat the impact of inflation. Food inflation in Egypt is nearly 62%, prompting the government to erect temporary markets stocked with discounted ingredients like meat and flour.
Lebanon has an overall 123% inflation rate, raising the price of packages the American Near East Refugee Aid charity uses to feed families throughout Ramadan. In South Africa, Islamic leaders have encouraged their mosque's mass iftars, a traditional Ramadan meal, and the government of New York City is working with Islamic charities to hand out over 7,000 iftar meals.