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Last Day of Passover in the United States

Many Jewish communities in the United States 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?

Although Last Day of Passover is not a public holiday, businesses and schools may be closed because it falls on the same date as Emancipation Day in 2020, which is a public holiday in District of Columbia.

Typical items seen during Passover

Passover meals may include wine and unleavened bread.

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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. It is also a time for Jewish people to recite special blessings or prayers, as well as visit a synagogue or listen to readings from the Torah and eat a ceremonial meal.

Many Jewish families in the United States 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, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs (recalling the harsh life of slavery).

Public Life

None of the Passover days are federal holidays in the United States. 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.

Note: The dates listed below this article are for the 8-day Passover observation.

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
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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