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Last day of Passover in Canada

Many Jewish communities in Canada 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.

Is Last day of Passover a Public Holiday?

Last day of Passover is not a public holiday. It falls on Saturday, April 27, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Saturday opening hours in Canada.

Pesach seder plate seen during Passover

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

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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 most of the Sabbath observances during the last day of Passover. Some may take a holiday around this time of the year.

Many Jewish families in Canada 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.  Unleavened bread replaces ordinary bread during Passover meals. Many families end the meal with after-dinner blessings and by singing traditional songs.

Public Life

None of the Passover days are federal holidays in Canada. 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.

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 TypeArea
2015SatApr 11Last day of PassoverJewish holiday 
2016SatApr 30Last day of PassoverJewish holiday 
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 

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