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Passover (first day) in the United States

Passover (Pesach) generally lasts for eight days in the United States. Many Jewish people spend the Passover period with family members or close friends.

Is Passover (first day) a Public Holiday?

Passover (first day) is not a public holiday. It falls on Saturday, April 20, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Saturday opening hours in the United States.

Matzo and a wine in a Kiddush cup
Passover celebrations include ceremonial meals and wine.
Passover celebrations include ceremonial meals and wine.
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What Do People Do?

Many people make a special effort to ensure that older people, the poor, and those living alone, can take part in the ceremonial meals known as Seder. They may do this by inviting people into their homes or giving them a gift basket. Passover gift baskets are filled with Seder plates and ceremonial foods and wine.

Public Life

Passover is not a federal holiday in the United States. 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 Passover (first day) in other countries

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Passover (first day) Observances

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010TueMar 30Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
2011TueApr 19Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
2012SatApr 7Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
2013TueMar 26Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
2014TueApr 15Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
2015SatApr 4Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
2016SatApr 23Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
2017TueApr 11Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
2018SatMar 31Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
2019SatApr 20Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 
2020ThuApr 9Passover (first day)Jewish holiday 

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