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First day of Passover in Canada

Quick Facts

Passover marks the Israelites' liberation from slavery and their exodus from Egypt around 3000 years ago.

Local names

NameLanguage
First day of PassoverEnglish
Pessa'hFrench
Pessach beginntGerman

First day of Passover 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

First day of Passover 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
List of dates for other years

Passover (Pesach) lasts for eight days in Canada. Many Jewish people mark Passover with family members and close friends. Others choose to take a Passover vacation at a hotel or resort.

Matzoh and red sweet wine.

The Passover is a Jewish observance celebrated in many countries, including Canada.

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What do people do?

Many people spend Passover with family and close friends. They may spend more time at their local synagogue and eat some meals with members of their community. Those who may find it difficult to organize Passover observances are invited to other people's homes for some or all of the Passover period.

Other people choose to spend this period in a hotel or resort or on a cruise ship that meets the cleanliness and food purity standards for Passover. People may combine the Passover observances, such as the Seder, with other activities. Popular activities include relaxing with family or friends, skiing in the Canadian mountains, or enjoying the natural wonders of Canada. Others choose this time of the year to study Jewish law and culture under a well-known or respected Rabbi's supervision.

Public life

Passover is not a public holiday in Canada. However, some Jewish businesses and organizations may be closed or offer a reduced level of service over the Passover period.

Background and symbols

Passover is related to the Christian observances of Good Friday and Easter Sunday and the Islamic Day of Ashura. Read about other Jewish observances, such as Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day), Purim, Yom HaShoah, Lag B'Omer, Shavuot, Tisha B'Av and Rosh Hashana.

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First day of Passover Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
TueApr 101990First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
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SatApr 181992First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
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SunMar 271994First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
SatApr 151995First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
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TueApr 221997First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
SatApr 111998First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
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TueApr 62004First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
SunApr 242005First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
ThuApr 132006First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
TueApr 32007First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
SunApr 202008First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
ThuApr 92009First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
TueMar 302010First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
TueApr 192011First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
SatApr 72012First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
TueMar 262013First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
TueApr 152014First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
SatApr 42015First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
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TueApr 112017First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
SatMar 312018First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
SatApr 202019First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
ThuApr 92020First day of PassoverJewish holiday 

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