Passover 2021: When Does Passover Begin?

Learn About the History of Passover and Its Traditions

February 18, 2021
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Passover begins at sundown on Saturday, March 27. What does this annual holiday celebrate? Learn about Passover’s meaning and find traditional recipes, including charoset and beef brisket.

What Is Passover?

The holiday of Pesach, or Passover, is an annual weeklong festival commemorating the emancipation of Jewish peoples from slavery (in ancient Egypt). The Hebrew name, Pesach, means “to passover” because the plague in Egypt that killed all first-borns passed over the Israelites’ homes, sparing the lives of their children.

When Is Passover?

The dates are based on the Hebrew calendar, from the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan (or Nisan) through the 22nd day.

Note: What is often called Passover today has its origins in two ancient observances. Nissan 14 was the Passover as mentioned in the Torah; at this time, an offering to the Lord, the sacrifice of a lamb, was slaughtered during the afternoon and prepared. Nissan 15 (the new day starting at sundown) was the beginning of the seven-day Festival of Unleavened Bread. On this start of Nissan 15, the Passover lamb that had been sacrificed and prepared on Nissan 14 (that same afternoon) was eaten that night (now Nissan 15), along with unleavened bread. Over time, the Festival of Unleavened Bread commonly became known as “Passover” and is usually considered as starting at sundown between Nissan 14 and Nissan 15.

Passover 2021 will be celebrated from March 27 to April 4. The first Seder will be on March 27 after nightfall, and the second Seder will be on March 28 after nightfall.

Passover Dates

Year Passover Begins (at sundown) Passover Ends (at nightfall, when 3 medium stars become visible)
2021 Saturday, March 27 Sunday, April 4
2022 Friday, April 15 Friday, April 22
2022 Wednesday, April 5 Wednesday, April 12

Celebrating Passover

In many Reform Jewish communities, Passover is celebrated for seven days, not eight. In more traditional Jewish communities—including both Orthodox and Conservative communities—Passover is celebrated for eight days.

Family and friends gather together after nightfall on the first and second nights of the holiday for the high point of the festival observance, the Seder. During the Seder, which means “order” in Hebrew, the experience of the Exodus is told in story, song, prayer, and the tasting of symbolic foods. The Seder meals ;include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.

Meaning of Passover

(Note: To some followers of Judaism, it is considered disrespectful to write out the name of the Lord in full. Because Passover is primarily a Jewish holiday, we have elected to follow this custom on this page by using “G-d” to refer to Him. Thank you for your understanding.)

In Hebrew, this festival is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because G‑d passed over the Jewish homes to spare them from death that first Passover eve.

The Israelites had been slaves to Egyptian pharaohs for many decades. Moses tried to appeal to the Egyptians with a message from G-d, but this were ignored. Devastating plagues destroyed crops and livestock.

On the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan in the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE), G‑d the last of the ten plagues afflicted the Egyptians, killing all their firstborn. However, G‑d spared the children of Israel, “passing over” their homes. The Pharaoh relented. Six hundred thousand adult males, plus many more women and children, left Egypt on that day and began the trek to Mount Sinai.

Passover Recipes

Perhaps the most well-known of Passover foods is maror (bitter herbs) and matzah (unleavened bread), which is a reminder of the haste with which the slaves left Egypt because they did not even have time for the bread to rise.

For the duration of Passover, no leavened or fermented food or drink is eaten, including cake, cookies, cereal, pasta, and most alcoholic beverages.

Passover Charoset (or Haroset)

Traditionally, the matzah is served with a sweet condiment called charoset, a mixture of apples, nuts, and wine. This symbolic dish represents the bricks used by the Jewish slaves to build Pharaoh’s cities. The basic recipe (though it varies) is:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 apples, unpeeled, cored and cut into about 8 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or to taste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons grape juice or sweet Passover wine

Put the walnuts in the chopping bowl if doing by hand or a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Roughly chop into large dice or pulse just a few times in the processor, being careful not over-process. Add the apple pieces and chop or pulse to desired consistency. Add rest of ingredients and stir well to blend. Makes about 2 cups.

The above recipe is the most basic version. Below is another charoset recipe, which uses honey, raisins, and dried apricots.

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Credit: Chatelaine

A traditional Passover meal also includes gefilte fish and matzo ball soup for starters. A classic dinner dish is a beef brisket.

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Note: For the duration of the 8 (or 7 days in Israel) of Passover, chametz (leaven) is avoided.

If you do observe Passover, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable celebration!

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I'm sorry but I must correct

I'm sorry but I must correct you. If you read the Bible, Pilate (the ruler at the time and place of the crucifixion)washed his hands and said "I am innocent of this mans blood" and "Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him." Who do you think was standing by and screaming "CRUCIFY HIM!! CRUCIFY HIM!!!" It was NOT the Romans. It was the Jewish chief priests! The main point that should be focused on here is that it wasn't the common heathen people who wanted Christ crucified, IT WAS THE CHIEF PRIESTS, THE LOCAL RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY! It was THEM who really were thirsty for Christ's blood, and the Romans simply carried it out.

The Jews are the ancient

The Jews are the ancient roman empire they change their identity so they can infintraye Yisrael, that is the truth face the fact The truth read paul letters

The priests had to do it , GOD ordained it perfectly

The priests are the ones who 1) must ensure that the sacrifice is without blemish,2) pay a price for the lamb 3) identify the lamb to be offered as a sacrifice 4) 4 days before the lamb was drawn in into jerusalem ( palm sunday), unknown to themselves they were carrying out their priestly duty, the messiah is the sacrificial lamb and only priests can order the sacrifice. SO dont accuse the priests they were doing their duty as GOD ordained it to be , HIS perfect timing in everything even with HIS SON

Passover is an awesome, so

Passover is an awesome, so much more than just a feast. G-D commanded Passover be from generation to generation, forever; for the Jew, its not negotiable, we are to keep this feast forever. It is good to see Christians like yourself celebrating a feast that marks a most significant event in Jewish history. Let me encourage you to or talk to your priests, ministers, pastors, or Reverends to do their homework, uphold the teachings in the new testament Christian bible where it clearly instructs Christian believers to keep the feast. By the way there are 2 others that are also to be kept forever. Both tie in perfectly with Christian beliefs.
Reading your post warms my heart, how awesome for Christians to honor and obey The Most High, according to His Word, perhaps some day do away with that modified pagan engendered holiday called Easter.
To all, Please pray for Israel, its people, and for peace, in Jerusalem as well as the rest of our small beloved nation. Pray that G-d continue to prosper Israel, keep him strong; in return; "May they prosper those that love you". Roy may YOU and your house be counted among those that love Israel. As the Jew I am; Thank you!!

I have a problem with the

I have a problem with the Crucifixion taking place on Good Friday for it was said that He, the Messiah would spend 3 days and 3 nights in the tomb.Holy Bible tells us that he rose "early on the first day of the week" , (Sunday)The numbers don't work. A thought - Passover starts with a Sabbath ,He would have had to be Crucified on the Wednesday afternoon just before Passover Sabbath, not the Friday Sabbath. I do not wish to be Legalistic like the Pharisees but its thought provoking.Ian W.

He was dead parts of 3

He was dead parts of 3 days...
14,15,16

Killed on 14
Raised on 16

reply to Ian Wetherall

If you read the passage in the Greek that is translated as "early on the first day of the week," you will observe that it literally means "as the first day of the week was approaching." In the Israelite calendar, the new day began at sunset. Your proposed timing of the events of the Christ's death, burial, and resurrection are correct. He kept the Passover with his disciples on on the correct evening of Tuesday. The Chief Priest had the date wrong that year, most likely because it was in the divine plan of God for him to miss it. (The first day of Nissan is based on the observance of the sliver of the new moon.) Christ was sacrificed on a Wednesday afternoon, which was the afternoon preceding the official Passover date declared by the Chief Priest. He was buried before sunset on Wednesday afternoon. He was in the belly of the earth three days and three nights, just as he prophesied. He rose as the weekly Sabbath day was concluding, but still on the Sabbath. Mary ran to the grave right after the sun had set on the Sabbath and found the tomb empty with the stone rolled away.

Thank you for your post. My

Thank you for your post. My name is JAVAN Pinto, I am a Christian woman, who celebrates Passover and not the pagan Easter holiday. When I were reading your post I cried to see that someone is saying the same thing I have been telling other Christians and pastors about the pagan Easter holiday that they are celebrating. I pray that one day GOD will open up every one eyes to see CHRIST in the Passover and not CHRIST IN Easter eggs, Easter bunnies and chocolates, just like He had done for me, telling me that it is not an holiday it is what He has done for the JEWS. EXODUS 12;21- And the death of His SON JESUS CHRIST. JOHN 13;1- Please keep up the good work.(PASSOVER)not easter people.

Passover/ Holidays

Hello John C Fernandez, I enjoyed your post. You are right God commanded us all to keep the Passover. What are the other two important
Holidays we are to keep as per The Most High God as mention in your text dated March 25th 2015? I hope my email reaches you in good health. Thank you Loretta

PRAISE YSHUA ALL, Just a

PRAISE YSHUA ALL,

Just a short comment. We would all like to claim exclusive rights to being the children of ELOHIM. The truth is that whoever makes a decision to accept YSHUA AND WHAT HE HAS DONE IS GIVEN THE RIGHT TO BE CALLED THE CHILD OF ELOHIM. SALVATION AND ACCEPTANCE BY ELOHIM AS HIS CHILD is not determined by ones decendant blood line, it is determined only by the BLOOD OF YSHUA ALONE. YSHUA SAID "NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER BUT THROUGH ME" NO ONE MEANS NO ONE. SO OUR BLOOD LINE MUST BE THAT OF YSHUA WE CAN ONLY LAY CLAIM TO HIM THROUGH HIM, OUR BOASTING CAN ONLY BE IN YSHUA AND HIS BLOOD THAT WAS SHED ON THE CROSS.

Shaul/Paul warns about discussions on bloodblines and claims according to our decendants, so we should be cautious when entering into these discussions. The people in Israel are those placed there by YSHUA HIMSELF NO ONE ELSE AND TO SUGGEST THAT THAT THESE ARE NOT THE CORRECT PEOPLE IS TO SUGGEST THAT YSHUA HAS MADE A MISTAKE. WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLE.

HIS/YSHUA'S SHEEP HEAR HIS VOICE AND THEY KNOW THEIR SHEPHERD, SO IF YOU HAVE ACCEPTED YSHUA AND HIS GIFT OF SALVATION/ETERNAL LIFE YOU ARE A CHILD OF ELOHIM NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE IN THE EYES OF MAN. YSHUA IS THE ONLY JUDGE AND IT IS HIS ACCEPTANCE AND APPROVAL ALONE THAT WE SHOULD SEEK. DID YSHUA COMMAND YOU TO KEEP THE PESACH/PASSOVER? YES HE DID. WHEN? EXACTLY WHEN HE DID AND ONLY ONCE A YEAR TO REMEMBER HIS DEATH THAT HE SUBJECTED HIMSELF TO SO THAT WE MAY LIVE/HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. WHEN WE DO THIS WE REMEMBER HIS BODY THAT WAS BROKEN FOR US AND HIS BLOOD THAT WAS SHED FOR US ON THE DAY THAT HE WAS CRUSIFIED, ONLY ON THE EVENING OF THE 14TH DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH ABIB/AVIV. THE REAL REMOVAL OF LEAVEN SHOULD BE FROM OUR HEART AND ONLY YSHUA CAN DO THAT SO WE SHOULD ALLOW HIM TO SEARCH OUR HEARTS AND KNOW OUR THOUGHTS AND TO CLEANSE ANY WICKED WAY IN US BY AND THROUGH HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD SHED FOR WHO SO EVER WILL ACCEPT HIM.

SHALOM ALL MAY YSHUA BLESS US ALL AS WE FOLLOW HIM ALONE. THAT WAY WE CANNOT GO WRONG BECAUSE HE IS THE WAY THE ONLY WAY.

LOVE IN YSHUA ALONE.

God knew everyone would want

God knew everyone would want to claim exclusive rights. That's why there are signs. Gods people fell under curses for disobedience. Deuteronomy 28:15-68 describes only one people especially 28:68 removes all doubt remember Egypt means bondage you either believe or you don't no one want to admit who Gods chosen are that's because a lot of atrocities have been committed against them "slavery,rape,murder,inequality etc....and to admit that you have to hold yourself guilty.thus Zechariah 11:5 and Psalms 83::2 and there are many more scriptures that point to the truth either you belive or you don't,

Looking forward to

Looking forward to celebrating Passiver this year, as a beliver in Jesus Christ!

No comment at the moment I

No comment at the moment I just wanted to join in to be able to stay connected thank you for having this website.

Passover one one of the

Passover one one of the greatest,sweetest and lovely holiday that I love. its reminds me of the mighty power of God.its strengthen my life and gives me hope. I love keeping Passover.

I am a born again believer

I am a born again believer and believe that when I read in the book of John that I have been grafted in and am now considered a Jew by adoption, it is my desire to participate in Passover.

I am African American and live in Bartlett,TN. Will I be accepted in the synagoge and where can I go, what do I do, what do I wear, do I bring my bible?

These are questions that I am asking Also, will I be welcomed?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Hello, I noticed no one

Hello,
I noticed no one answered your question. I am African
American I have celebrated the Passover for many years.
I celebrate it in the way the Israelite people who
where African people in the land of Egypt who were
African people would celebrate such an occasion. In
parts of West Africa it is called a Jubiliee a celebration
for freedom. I use the bitter herbs we use all the time
Greens, corn, yams and unleaven bread which is eaten
for seven days, eat nothing containing yeast until after
the end of passover. You are not grafted in, you are a true
descendant of the ancient Israelite people. In the book
John chapter 8 verse 31 thru 47. The Jews said they were
never in bondage (slaves) to any one. The Israelite who
are not the same as the Jews were slaves in Egypt which is the whole basis for Passover. Sometimes you have to read the book for yourself.Start from the beginning as you would with any book.Read the whole chapter, look up the meaning of words.Check this out Deuteronomy chapter 28 read the whole chapter and verse 68 confirms the slave trade of the Israelite people. The jews have never been slaves or slave traded. So according to scripture who is really the desendants of ancient Israel? We are destroyed due to the lack of knowledge and the brainwashing of false history and religion.

You are so right so much

You are so right so much Untruthfulness I wanted truth and I found truth of GODS word
By studying chapter by chapter verse by verse from the origina texl the bible was written in
Translated from old Hebrew and Greek instill have a ways to go to finish the comlplete bible
But I celebrated passover last year for the first time and the blessing GOD gives you are
So much blessing I look forward to this year
May GOD be with you all and bless you with truth and knowledge

Keeping the feasts and ancient Israelie people were NOT African

The scriptures tell us in Genesis that Jacob's son Esau was of ''ruddy complexion'' and had "red hair". Red haired people are normally fair / white skin not dark nor black. Also King David is described as being a man with red hair. You will never find a genuine African or dark-skinned person with red hair, regardless of the shade of red. I live in S Africa, which has a population of more than 60 million people of which less than 5 million are white and indian and I have travelled to neighbouring African countries and NOT A SINGLE NATURAL RED HAIRED, African can be found.. I am also a Messianic Jew of the tribe of Judah who was raised as Christian for most of life. Now I study Torah and keep all the feasts and Abba Father has blessd my family tremendously in every way possible.
Shalom

Africans are Not the Negroes!!!

Sorry to burst your bubble. But if you were not sold into bondage as the scripture says, then you are not from the tribe of Judah. God's words are just what they are, you can't make yourself something you're not. The tribe of Judah has already been traced to the so called Negroes up north in the U.S. If God says his people for being disobedient to his laws were to go into bondage as they were in Egypt, there is no way in hell, you would have been left behind to live a free life in Africa. Africans are not the Negroes. This has already been proven. It's Africans who sold the Blacks into slavery. You are not of the same lineage as the ancestors of the Negroes who were sold into slavery. God says his people will suffer and be destroyed, though not utterly! He says his people will forget their heritage. Listen my brother you can't change the bible to make it what you want it to be. Quite possibly your relative's ancestors picked up the Hebrew practices from the Hebrews were migrated and did live in Africa long ago before being sold into slavery. People who live amongst each other are bound to pick up each other's customs, traditions and traits to some degree. It's just human nature. But believe, if you are African you are not part of God's 12 tribes. Africans have their own burden to bear and will bear a lot more as they indeed sold the Blacks i.e. negroes as they were known into slavery. I believe from the research and facts shown, you are from the lineage of Ham, i.e., Hamites. Study your history, do your research and know who you are, if not possible, no sweat, others have already done it for you. The facts are there, you have only to check them out. The dots are there, all you have to do is connect them. Blacks and Africans are two totally different people! Peace!!!!!

BLACKS WITH RED HAIR.

Solomon plainly states the color of his skin is black his father was David.Jewish Historian Flavis Josephus Antiquites to the Jew whom i might add wrote these books.When studying his work you will plainly see without a doubt that he plainly tell us Abraham father and his grandfather all were black.i do not like to argue scripture however before we make certain statement we need to study.A few month age a white couple had a black baby Dna was done it proved it was their child same thing a white female had two white kids and a black one same thing Dna showed it was their child.Black couple had a white baby it was proved by Dna testing the same thing.Also look at scripture it talks about the color of the daughters of Jerusalem Revelation plainly tells us his hair is like lamb wool his feet are colors of bronze brown.Simon of Syrene was black it tell you that in the scripture when they were waiting for the Holy Spirit to come the helper on the day Jesus told them he was sending them.Also study the mulitated genes of the albino that has a lot of scientific studies behind it you might be in for a rude awakening.Did you miss the news a few years ago where they found what they though was an African tribe and found out they believed they were from the lost tribe of Benjamin they were air lifted to Isreal dna confirmed they were all Jews their skin was black they AFRICANS.Since it was just a few years ago i am sure you can pull it up on the net.What does it matter what one skin color is we all one day will stand before the judgement seat their color or status will not matter GOD is not a respecter of person.

Also Egypt is in Africa and

Also Egypt is in Africa and so is Israel according
to ancient maps. The people you see in those lands
are Turks who desend from Gehazi IIKings chapter five
and from the Aryan people who desend from the
Dravidian tribe of India which is the true orgion
of Causasian people. The first five books in the bible
are in order the rest are intentionally out of order to
confuse the negroes who learn to read. If you put the
prophets with the right kings by using the chronicles of the kings you can put it in its true order. This book has
been tampered with use a righteous judgement and common sense to understand certain things for the time periods.
And pray. Egypt is still in Africa and so is Israel there is no middle east. The middle east of the east would be
in China not Africa. The location is north east Africa.
It is funny when it comes to the history of African Americans all we are told is about slavery and the abuse of these same people. Because they have stolen our history even the history of Egypt, Asia and America, any where else
the people of colour were there first. Divided we fall, lack of knowledge we fall.

Lev 23:4 You are the Church

Lev 23:4 You are the Church of Christ. Have the Passover at your house and invite all, even the unsaved because your house is God's house and everyone is welcome at our Father's house, even the unsaved (So they can hear and see why we are Christians). You have been accepted and your house is a synagoge. Peace be onto your house My Brother. SDG

There are messianic jews

There are messianic jews which believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Go to them that would be right because he is the son of God and can be jewish as well.

Look if you want to be Jewish

Look if you want to be Jewish forget the new testament. Jews for Jesus is not logical and really is an oxi-moron. You can convert to the Jewish faith at any Jewish Temple. Actually you might be Jewish if you can trace your heritage to Eithopian Jews. They are the real deal.

FYI Born agains are not Jews.

Re your comment: LOOK IF YOU WANT TO BE JEWISH

I just want to thank you for your comment!

You are now part of the body

You are now part of the body of Christ and an
Israelite, as they came to America after the 10 Tribes where scattered into Europe and then to England. You do not need to go to a non Christian Church or any Church to do the Passover. You take a little wine or grape juice with some unleavened bread or cracker and perform the ceremony right at home. You see, the Lord is near and knows your heart and you are part of the Church of the Firstborn with your name written in Heaven.

Galatians 3:29, Anyone who

Galatians 3:29, Anyone who accepts Christ is Abraham's seed and heirs to the promise...This is talking about spiritual Israel, not the lierall nation. Jews that accept Christ are in this group, and are promised eternal life through Jesus Christ, the same as Gentiles.

GOD WILL REMAIN FAITHFUL EVEN

GOD WILL REMAIN FAITHFUL EVEN TO PHYSICAL ISRAEL BOTH NOW AND FOR EVERMORE.DO YOUR HOME WORK AGAIN FROM THE BIBLE

That`s a very general

That`s a very general statement you made about accepting Christ. If your heart isn`t circumcised then you are not of Abraham. Most people that say they are Christian are looking for an easier softer way down some primrose path of psycho-babel. It is easy to get caught up in generalizations that sidestep the real hard core issues of TRUTH. This comment isn`t made to criticize you but to hopefully offer an outside "opinion" as compared to your experience. I highly recommend the book ISRAEL- God`s Key To World Redemption by Elmer A. Josephson...blessings ep

For: I AM A BORN AGAIN

For: I AM A BORN AGAIN BELIEVER: Seder is done in the home. Contact your local Jewish Federation they may be able to direct you to a group Seder that is an open table. It is a mitzvah to welcome the stranger at passover so you would be welcome, even at a private home. Just don't preach about jesus and keep in miind that in our Jewish community if you are a Christian you are NOT jewish. Good luck
and Chag Sameach! Also I do not know where Bartlett, TN is. If you are close to Nasvhille, TN there are some good Shuls there. Contact the Reform Shul it will be of most help.

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