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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.

Matzo and a wine in a Kiddush cup
Passover celebrations include ceremonial meals and wine.
Passover celebrations include ceremonial meals and wine.

What Do People Do?

Many people 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.

Public Life

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 countries

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Passover (first day) Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
TueMar 302010Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
TueApr 192011Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
SatApr 72012Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
TueMar 262013Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
TueApr 152014Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
SatApr 42015Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
SatApr 232016Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
TueApr 112017Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
SatMar 312018Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
SatApr 202019Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
ThuApr 92020Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 

Quick Facts

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

Passover (first day) 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Passover (first day) 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Name in other languages

Passover (first day)English
عيد الفصح اليهوديArabic
Jødisk påskeNorwegian
Pessach (erster Tag)German
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

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