Passover 2015 Calendar Dates
The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated each year in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, so the dates on an American calendar vary from year to year and we often find ourselves asking “when does Passover start?” or “when is the first Seder in 2015?” We are happy to provide you with this information about Passover 2015 dates.
In 2015, Passover begins on the evening of Friday, April 3, 2014 at nightfall, and ends after nightfall on the evening of Saturday, April 11, 2015. Accordingly, the first seder 2015 will begin on Friday night (Shabbat), April 3, 2015, and the second seder will be after Shabbat on Saturday night, April 4, 2015. Personally, we’re happy that Passover begins on a weekend and the first two seders are Friday and Saturday night, because that makes it a little easier for out of town guests to take time off of work and travel to be with family at a seder! Remember to make your seder more fun — it’s easy to add the Passover Bingo Game to make it more interactive!
According to traditional Judaism, the first two days and last two days are full-fledged holidays. We wish each other Passover greetings such as “Happy Passover” or “Chag Sameach” (Happy Holidays) we can also say Happy Passover in Hebrew, which would be “Chag Pesach Sameach.” Holiday candles are lit at night, and Kiddush – the blessing over the wine- and sumptuous holiday meals are enjoyed on both nights and days. We don’t go to work, drive, write or switch on or off electric devices. We are permitted to cook and to carry outdoors. Traditional (Orthodox and most Conservative) Jews usually have a Seder, during which we read the story of Exodus from special books called Haggadot (Hagaddahs), on both the first and second nights, but some more liberal or modern Reform Jews, and some Jews in Israel, only have a seder on the first night. Of course, your seder will be more fun when you add the Passover Bingo Game to it!
The middle four days are called chol hamoed, semi-festive “intermediate days,” when most forms of work are permitted.
Here is a recap of the Passover calendar for 2015:
- April 3, 2015 (Friday, 15th of Nisan, 5775): Erev/night before Passover and First Seder: The Seder contains the observance of many biblical and rabbinical mitzvoth, including: eating Matzah, eating Maror, drinking four cups of wine, relating the story of the Exodus to children, reclining as a symbol of freedom, and playing Passover Bingo.
- April 4, 2015 (Saturday/Shabbat, 16 Nissan): 1st day of Passover. Evening: Second Seder
- April 5, 2015 (Sunday 17 Nissan): 2nd day of Passover.
- April 6, 2015 (Monday, 18 Nissan): 3rd day of Passover, 1st day of Chol Hamoed. Celebrate Passover’s intermediate days. Between now and the last two days of Passover, we may resume much of regular workday activities; but, we continue to eat Kosher for Passover foods exclusively. Thinking about soft, doughy pizza bread? Stop it! Go grab the matza instead.
- April 7, 2015 (Tuesday, 19 Nissan): 4th day of Passover, 2nd day of Chol Hamoed.
- April 8, 2015 (Wednesday, 20 Nissan): 5th day of Passover, 3rd day of Chol Hamoed.
- April 9, 2015 (Thursday, 21 Nissan): 6th day of Passover, 4th day of Chol Hamoed. It is customary in many communities to remain awake all night, studying Torah, in commemoration of the great miracle of the splitting of the sea, which occurred on the 7th day of Passover.
- April 10, 2015 (Friday, 22 Nissan): 7th day of Passover, Shevi’I Shel Pesach
- April 11, 2015 (Saturday, 23 Nissan): Final day of Passover, Acharon Shel Pesach. Sunset brings the official end of Passover 2015!