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Last day of Passover in Australia

Many Jewish Australians observe the last day of Passover, which marks the end of a period that celebrates the Jewish people’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Is Last day of Passover a Public Holiday?

Even though Last day of Passover falls on Saturday, April 23, 2022, it is a working day. Most businesses follow regular opening hours in Australia.

Pictured above is an example of a Seder plate during Passover.

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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 various Sabbath observances on the last day of Passover. Some may take a holiday around this time of the year. Jewish families that observe the Passover eat a meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods.  Unleavened bread replaces ordinary bread during Passover meals.

Public Life

None of the Passover days are federal holidays in Australia. However, some Jewish businesses and organizations may close 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.

Jewish Holidays Last Longer Outside of Israel

In the Jewish diaspora—Jewish communities outside of Israel—an extra day is usually added to religious observances, with the exception of Yom Kippur, which lasts only one day worldwide, and Rosh Hashana, which is celebrated over two days in both Israel and the diaspora.

This custom has its roots in ancient times when the beginning of the months in the Jewish calendar still relied on the sighting of the crescent Moon following a New Moon.

The beginning of a new month was determined by the Sanhedrin, the supreme court of ancient Israel in Jerusalem. Once the date was published, messengers were dispatched to spread the news among Jews living abroad. Since this process took some time, it was decreed that Jews outside of ancient Israel were to observe every holiday for 2 days to make sure that the rules and customs applicable to each holiday were observed on the proper date. This rule is still observed today.

About Last day of Passover in Other Countries

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Last day of Passover Observances

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2017TueApr 18Last day of PassoverJewish holiday
2018SatApr 7Last day of PassoverJewish holiday
2019SatApr 27Last day of PassoverJewish holiday
2020ThuApr 16Last day of PassoverJewish holiday
2021SunApr 4Last day of PassoverJewish holiday
2022SatApr 23Last day of PassoverJewish holiday
2023ThuApr 13Last day of PassoverJewish holiday
2024TueApr 30Last day of PassoverJewish holiday
2025SunApr 20Last day of PassoverJewish holiday
2026ThuApr 9Last day of PassoverJewish holiday
2027ThuApr 29Last day of PassoverJewish holiday

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