First day of Passover in the United Kingdom
Passover (Pesach) lasts for eight days in the United Kingdom. Many Jewish people in the United Kingdom spend the Passover period with family members or close friends and attend special communal meals known as Seders.
What Do People Do?
Many people spend the Passover period with family and close friends. They eat ceremonial meals, known as Seders and make a special effort to cook traditional Jewish food. They also invite other Jewish people, particularly the poor, frail or live alone.
Many communities, especially in London and Manchester, organize communal Seders. These are held in community halls, synagogues, private homes and hotels. Some people choose to take a vacation to at a Jewish-run hotel during the Passover period. France, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Switzerland are popular destinations for retreats during Passover.
Passover is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. However, some Jewish businesses and organizations may be closed or offer a reduced level of service during 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.
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First day of Passover ObservancesNote: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Tue||Mar 30||2010||First day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Apr 19||2011||First day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Apr 7||2012||First day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Mar 26||2013||First day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Apr 15||2014||First day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Apr 4||2015||First day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Apr 23||2016||First day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Apr 11||2017||First day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Mar 31||2018||First day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Apr 20||2019||First day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Apr 9||2020||First day of Passover||Jewish holiday|
Quick FactsPassover marks the Israelites' liberation from slavery and their exodus from Egypt around 3000 years ago.
First day of Passover 2018Saturday, March 31, 2018
First day of Passover 2019Saturday, April 20, 2019
NameFirst day of Passover
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
Other holidays in March 2018 in the United Kingdom
- Purim – Thursday, March 1, 2018
- Holi – Friday, March 2, 2018
- Mothering Sunday – Sunday, March 11, 2018
- St Patrick's Day – Saturday, March 17, 2018
- St Patrick's Day – Monday, March 19, 2018
- Palm Sunday – Sunday, March 25, 2018
- Maundy Thursday – Thursday, March 29, 2018
- Good Friday – Friday, March 30, 2018
- Holy Saturday – Saturday, March 31, 2018