Saturday December 04, 2021

Passover 2021

Jewish family in Israel sitting down to enjoy Passover dinner.
March 2021
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa

Daylight Saving Start
Sunday March 14
-8 months, -21 days
or -265 days


St Patricks Day
Wednesday March 17
-8 months, -18 days
or -262 days


Palm Sunday
Sunday March 28
-8 months, -7 days
or -251 days


Passover for the year 2021 starts on the evening of Saturday, March 27th and ends the 7 day festival at sunset on Saturday, April 3rd for Reform and progressive Jews living inside Israel who follow the Biblical text. For Orthodox, Hasidic, and generally Jews outside Israel the festival lasts 8 days ending at sunset on Sunday, April 4th. For the Jewish calendar night begins before day, thus the holiday or festival begins on the sunset of the previous day.

Passover is a spring festival that begins in the months of March or April on the Gregorian calendar. Passover starts on the 15th day of the month of Nisan which is on the first night of a full moon after the northern vernal equinox (except leap months can make the festival start after the second full moon after the northern vernal equinox as in the year 2016).

The 7 or 8 day festival is one of the most important celebrations on the Hebrew calendar commemorating the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It begins with families gathering together the first night (first 2 nights for many communities outside Israel) for dinner called seder (meaning “order” of “arrangement” in Hebrew) and ends 7 to 8 days later.

Why do Jewish holidays start at nighttime?

According to the Torah, the story of creation in Genesis says “And it was evening, and it was morning day one”, “And it was evening, and it was morning; the second day”, thus night comes before day. So for the Jewish calendar all days begin at nightfall and end the next day at nightfall including holidays.

Days to Passover 2021

Sunday, March 28th is day number 87 of the 2021 calendar year with -8 months, -7 days until the start of the celebration of Passover 2021.

Name(s):Passover, Pesach
Type:Observance, Jewish
When:Begins 15th day of Nisan and ends 21st day of Nisan (7 day – Israel and liberal Diaspora) and ends 22nd day of Nisan (8 day – outside Israel traditional Diaspora) on the Hebrew Calendar

Dates for Passover

HolidayDateDays to Go
Passover 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 -604
Passover 2021 Sunday, March 28, 2021 -251
Passover 2022 Saturday, April 16, 2022 133
Passover 2023 Thursday, April 06, 2023 488
Passover 2024 Tuesday, April 23, 2024 871
Passover 2025 Sunday, April 13, 2025 1226