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First day of Passover in Australia

Passover (Pesach) in Australia lasts for eight days. Many Jewish people mark Passover with family members and close friends. Communal celebrations are held in some rural and regional areas.

Passover celebration
The Passover is a Jewish observance that involves communal celebratory meals.
The Passover is a Jewish observance that involves communal celebratory meals.
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What Do People Do?

Many Jewish people in Australia celebrate Passover at home with family and close friends. People are also encouraged to invite someone into their home who would otherwise not be able to take part in the celebrations. Some people choose to spend the whole Passover period in a Jewish resort or retreat at a hotel. Apart from Seders (celebratory meals), people can take part in educational activities and lectures on Jewish life and culture and sports.

In some rural areas, communal celebratory meals (Seders) are held. These give Jewish people living a long way from Jewish communities a chance to take a full part in the Passover celebrations. Extra Seders are held in Byron Bay, Cairns, Coffs Harbour, Darwin and Fremantle.

Public Life

Passover is not a public holiday in Australia. 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 Day and the Islamic Day of Ashura. Read about other Jewish observances, such as Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day), Purim, Yom(Arbor Day)HaShoah, Lag(Arbor Day)B'Omer, Shavuot, Tisha(Arbor Day)B'Av, and Rosh(Arbor Day)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 is a Jewish observance of the liberation from slavery and the Israelites' exodus from Egypt around 3000 years ago.

First day of Passover 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

First day of Passover 2018

Saturday, March 31, 2018

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
First day of PassoverEnglish
Pessach beginntGerman
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

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