Passover is a very important Jewish and Samaritan holy day and festival that commemorates the Hebrews’ escape from slavery in Egypt. It is celebrated yearly and begins on the 15th day of Nisan (March and April) and ends on the 21st day of Nisan in Israel, or the 22nd day of Nisan outside of Israel.
When does Passover start?
The traditional Hebrew calendar follows a different pattern that the Gregorian calender and this means that Passover starts at slightly different dates each year. So you might be wondering when does Passover start in the years ahead:
2010 sunset of March 29 to nightfall of 5/6 April
2011 sunset of April 18 to nightfall of 25/26 April
2012 sunset of April 6 to nightfall of 13/14 April
2013 sunset of March 25 to nightfall of 1/2 April
2014 sunset of April 14 to nightfall of April 21/22
2015 sunset of April 3 to nightfall of April 10/11
More information about the Passover holiday
In Israel, the first and last days of Passover are major Jewish holidays (no work allowed). A seder is held on the first day.
Outside of Israel the first two days of Passover are full holidays (no work allowed). The next four days are Chol Hamoed (festival weekdays), when work is allowed with some restrictions. This is followed by the final two full holidays.