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PASSOVER (JEWISH FESTIVAL)

When is Passover (Jewish Festival) in 2018?

Passover (Jewish Festival) in 2018 is on the Saturday, 31st of Mar (3/31/2018).

Passover (Jewish Festival) is on the 90st day of 2018. There are 275 days left in the year.

Passover (Jewish Festival) Facts

  • Date: Mar 31, 2018
  • Religious
  • Also Called: Pesach, Pesakh
  • Celebrations: Attend Passover Seder, Eating Matzah
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Passover is the most celebrated Jewish holiday. The festival commemorates the famous biblical story of the Exodus, when Jewish slaves were released out of bondage in Egypt. For Hebrew, Passover is their celebration of freedom. Jewish had a difficult time under the leadership of Pharaoh, the then king of Egypt. Every king feared that one day Hebrews would rise against Egyptians when they grow in number. The only solution to the kings was to enslave the Hebrews to subdue them. But this did not stop Hebrews from growing in number and in fact, they continued to have many children. Pharaoh had to come up with a new plan of killing newborn male babies. It is during this time Moses, a Hebrew who save his people, was born and he was saved by the daughter of Pharaoh. This is a brief history that explains why this festival is among the most celebrated festival in Israel.

Passover is actually celebrated for 7 days in Israel but in the Diaspora, the festival is celebrated for 8 days. The major reason for the difference is believed to coincide with how their ancient calendar worked. The 7 day festival is celebrated in early spring from the 15th to the 22nd of the month of Nissan, the month where Hebrew Passover falls.

Every year all Hebrew are commanded to narrate the Passover story. Usually, this takes place during Passover Seder. This is a service that is held at the home of Hebrews and it is part of their celebration. The service is usually observed on the very first night of the festival and in other homes the service is conducted on the second night. The Seder ends with a dinner. This is a service that all Hebrews must attend and helps in educating children on the importance of this festival and why they must observe it.

This festival is a holiday which has dietary restrictions associated with the festival. The biggest one is eating unleavened bread, also known as matzah. This is a custom that is part of the Passover story. The story talks about how Hebrew slaves fled from Egypt so fast that their bread did not have enough time to rise. Usually matzah is prepared without yeast and is not even allowed to rise. Therefore, eating matzah in remembrance of this story is one way of bringing some of the Passover stories to life.

Apart from eating matzah, Hebrews avoid all leavened bread during the entire week of Passover. Other foods that they avoid eating during this time include wheat, rye, barley, oats, or spelt in case they have a leavening agent. Based on their tradition these particular grains naturally rise when cooked over 18 minutes and they are referred to as "chametz" during the festival. Other grains that are avoided include rise, corn, legumes, and millets. The Jewish are very strict with their diet during this particular festival and they avoid eating anything that that doesn't have a "Koshar for Passover" label on the package.

Passover (Jewish Festival) Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Sat
  • Apr 07, 2012
  • Sun
  • Apr 08, 2012
  • Sat
  • Apr 14, 2012
  • Tue
  • Mar 26, 2013
  • Wed
  • Mar 27, 2013
  • Tue
  • Apr 02, 2013
  • Tue
  • Apr 15, 2014
  • Wed
  • Apr 16, 2014
  • Wed
  • Apr 23, 2014
  • Sat
  • Apr 04, 2015
  • Sat
  • Apr 23, 2016
  • Tue
  • Apr 11, 2017
  • Sat
  • Mar 31, 2018

List of Religious Holidays of Jewish in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
WednesdayWedJan 31, 2018Jan 31Tu Bishvat
ThursdayThuMar 01, 2018Mar 01Purim
FridayFriMar 02, 2018Mar 02Shushan Purim
SaturdaySatMar 31, 2018Mar 31Passover - First Day
MondayMonApr 02, 2018Apr 02Passover - Second Day
FridayFriApr 06, 2018Apr 06Passover - Final Day
ThursdayThuApr 12, 2018Apr 12Yom Hashoah
WednesdayWedApr 18, 2018Apr 18Yom HaZikaron
ThursdayThuApr 19, 2018Apr 19Yom HaAtzma'ut
ThursdayThuMay 03, 2018May 03Lag BaOmer
SundaySunMay 13, 2018May 13Yom Yerushalayim
SundaySunMay 20, 2018May 20Shavuot (1st day)
MondayMonMay 21, 2018May 21Shavuot
SundaySunJul 22, 2018Jul 22Tisha B'Av
MondayMonSep 10, 2018Sep 10Rosh HaShanah Starts
TuesdayTueSep 11, 2018Sep 11Rosh HaShanah Ends
WednesdayWedSep 12, 2018Sep 12Fast of Gedaliah
WednesdayWedSep 19, 2018Sep 19Yom Kippur
MondayMonSep 24, 2018Sep 24Sukkot Starts
SundaySunSep 30, 2018Sep 30Sukkot Ends
MondayMonOct 01, 2018Oct 01Shemini Atzeret
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02Simhat Torah
MondayMonDec 03, 2018Dec 03Hanukkah Starts
MondayMonDec 10, 2018Dec 10Hanukkah Ends