Thursday September 28, 2023

Passover 2023

Jewish family in Israel sitting down to enjoy Passover dinner.
April 2023
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April Fools Day
Saturday April 1
-5 months, -27 days
or -180 days


Palm Sunday
Sunday April 2
-5 months, -26 days
or -179 days


Thursday April 6
-5 months, -22 days
or -175 days


Good Friday
Friday April 7
-5 months, -21 days
or -174 days


Sunday April 9
-5 months, -19 days
or -172 days


Earth Day
Saturday April 22
-5 months, -6 days
or -159 days


Passover for the year 2023 starts on the evening of Wednesday, April 5th and ends the 7 day festival at sunset on Wednesday, April 12th 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 Thursday, April 13th. 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 2023

Thursday, April 6th is day number 96 of the 2023 calendar year with -5 months, -22 days until the start of the celebration of Passover 2023.

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 2022 Saturday, April 16, 2022 -530
Passover 2023 Thursday, April 06, 2023 -175
Passover 2024 Tuesday, April 23, 2024 208
Passover 2025 Sunday, April 13, 2025 563
Passover 2026 Thursday, April 02, 2026 917
Passover 2027 Thursday, April 22, 2027 1302