Last Day of Passover in the United States
Many Jewish communities in the United States mark the last day of Passover as the end of a Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
What Do People Do?
Passover lasts for up to eight days (or seven days among Reform Jewish groups). There are many Jewish people who adhere to most of the Sabbath observances during the last day of Passover. Some may take a holiday around this time of the year. It is also a time for Jewish people to recite special blessings or prayers, as well as visit a synagogue or listen to readings from the Torah and eat a ceremonial meal.
Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs (recalling the harsh life of slavery).
None of the Passover days are federal holidays in the United States. However, many Jewish businesses and organizations are closed for some of the days or have restricted opening hours on others.
Background and symbols
Passover celebrates Jewish people’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt. It is one of the three pilgrim festivals. 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.
Note: The dates listed below this article are for the 8-day Passover observation.
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Last Day of Passover 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||Apr 6||2010||Last Day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Apr 26||2011||Last Day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Apr 14||2012||Last Day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Apr 2||2013||Last Day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Apr 22||2014||Last Day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Apr 11||2015||Last Day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Apr 30||2016||Last Day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Apr 18||2017||Last Day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Apr 7||2018||Last Day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Apr 27||2019||Last Day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Apr 16||2020||Last Day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
Quick FactsThe last day of Passover marks the end of the Passover period, which lasts for seven or eight days.
Last Day of Passover 2016Saturday, April 30, 2016
Last Day of Passover 2017Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Name in other languages
|Last Day of Passover||English|
|Pésaj (Último día)||Spanish|
|היום האחרון של חג הפסח||Hebrew|
|اليوم الأخير من عيد الفصح||Arabic|
|유월절 마지막 날||Korean|
|Jødisk påske siste dag||Norwegian|
|Pessach (letzter Tag)||German|
Other holidays in April 2016 in the United States
- Pascua Florida Day – Friday, April 1, 2016
- 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
- Passover (first day) – Saturday, April 23, 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
- Orthodox Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 30, 2016