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First day of Passover in United Kingdom

Passover (Pesach) lasts for eight days in the United Kingdom. Many Jewish people in the United Kingdom spend the Passover period with family members or close friends and attend special communal meals known as Seders.

Matzo and Kiddush Cup with Wine
Ceremonial meals are held during Passover.
Ceremonial meals are held during Passover.
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What Do People Do?

Many people spend the Passover period with family and close friends. They eat ceremonial meals, known as Seders and make a special effort to cook traditional Jewish food. They also invite other Jewish people, particularly the poor, frail or live alone.

Many communities, especially in London and Manchester, organize communal Seders. These are held in community halls, synagogues, private homes and hotels. Some people choose to take a vacation to at a Jewish-run hotel during the Passover period. France, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Switzerland are popular destinations for retreats during Passover.

Public Life

Passover is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. However, some Jewish businesses and organizations may be closed or offer a reduced level of service during 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
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 
SatApr 232016First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
TueApr 112017First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
SatMar 312018First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
SatApr 202019First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
ThuApr 92020First day of PassoverJewish holiday 

Quick Facts

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

First day of Passover 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016

First day of Passover 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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