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First day of Passover in Canada

Passover (Pesach) lasts for eight days in Canada. Many Jewish people mark Passover with family members and close friends. Others choose to take a Passover vacation at a hotel or resort.

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 Canada.

Matzoh and red sweet wine.
The Passover is a Jewish observance celebrated in many countries, including Canada.
The Passover is a Jewish observance celebrated in many countries, including Canada.
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What Do People Do?

Many people spend Passover with family and close friends. They may spend more time at their local synagogue and eat some meals with members of their community. Those who may find it difficult to organize Passover observances are invited to other people's homes for some or all of the Passover period.

Other people choose to spend this period in a hotel or resort or on a cruise ship that meets the cleanliness and food purity standards for Passover. People may combine the Passover observances, such as the Seder, with other activities. Popular activities include relaxing with family or friends, skiing in the Canadian mountains, or enjoying the natural wonders of Canada. Others choose this time of the year to study Jewish law and culture under a well-known or respected Rabbi's supervision.

Public Life

Passover is not a public holiday in Canada. 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 First day of Passover in other countries

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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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