Passover (first day) in the United States
Passover (Pesach) generally lasts for eight days in the United States. Many Jewish people spend the Passover period with family members or close friends.
What Do People Do?
Many people spend the Passover period with family or close friends. They make a special effort to ensure that older people, the poor, and those living alone can take part in the ceremonial meals known as Seder. They may do this by inviting people into their homes or giving them a gift basket. Passover gift baskets are filled with Seder plates and ceremonial foods and wine.
Passover is not a federal holiday in the United States. 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.
About Passover (first day) in other countriesRead more about Passover (first day).
Passover (first day) ObservancesNote: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where it is Observed|
|Tue||Mar 30||2010||Passover (first day)||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Apr 19||2011||Passover (first day)||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Apr 7||2012||Passover (first day)||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Mar 26||2013||Passover (first day)||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Apr 15||2014||Passover (first day)||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Apr 4||2015||Passover (first day)||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Apr 23||2016||Passover (first day)||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Apr 11||2017||Passover (first day)||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Mar 31||2018||Passover (first day)||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Apr 20||2019||Passover (first day)||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Apr 9||2020||Passover (first day)||Jewish holiday|
Quick FactsPassover marks the Israelites' liberation from slavery and their exodus from Egypt around 3000 years ago.
Passover (first day) 2016Saturday, April 23, 2016
Passover (first day) 2017Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Name in other languages
|Passover (first day)||English|
|عيد الفصح اليهودي||Arabic|
|Pessach (erster Tag)||German|
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- Pascua Florida Day – Saturday, April 2, 2016
- National Tartan Day – Wednesday, April 6, 2016
- National Library Workers' Day – Tuesday, April 12, 2016
- Thomas Jefferson's Birthday – Wednesday, April 13, 2016
- Father Damien Day – Friday, April 15, 2016
- Emancipation Day – Saturday, April 16, 2016
- Tax Day – Monday, April 18, 2016
- San Jacinto Day – Thursday, April 21, 2016
- Oklahoma Day – Friday, April 22, 2016
- Confederate Memorial Day – Monday, April 25, 2016
- State Holiday – Tuesday, April 26, 2016
- Administrative Professionals Day – Wednesday, April 27, 2016
- Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – Thursday, April 28, 2016
- Orthodox Good Friday – Friday, April 29, 2016
- Last Day of Passover – Saturday, April 30, 2016