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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.

Is First day of Passover a Public Holiday?

First day of Passover is not a public holiday. It falls on Saturday, April 20, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Saturday opening hours in Australia.

Passover celebration

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.

About First day of Passover in other countries

Read more about First day of Passover.

First day of Passover Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010TueMar 30First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
2011TueApr 19First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
2012SatApr 7First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
2013TueMar 26First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
2014TueApr 15First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
2015SatApr 4First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
2016SatApr 23First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
2017TueApr 11First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
2018SatMar 31First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
2019SatApr 20First day of PassoverJewish holiday 
2020ThuApr 9First day of PassoverJewish holiday 

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