Passover 2016 Calendar Dates
Would you like to know when is Passover 2016? The eight-day festival of Passover (Pesach) 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 2016?” We are happy to provide you with this information about Passover 2016 dates so that you can plan your first Passover seder for 2016, as well as your second Passover seder for 2016, if you’re hosting or just going to a seder as a guest. If you’re looking for a great hostess gift, of course we highly recommend bringing the Passover Bingo game! It’s also helpful to play before the seder, especially if you’re a first-time Passover seder guest, so that you can brush up on the basics of the holiday.
In 2016, Passover begins on the evening of Friday, April 22, 2016 at nightfall, and ends after nightfall on the evening of Saturday, April 30, 2016. Accordingly, the first seder 2016 will begin on Friday night (Shabbat), April 22, 2016, and the second seder will be after Shabbat on Saturday night, April 23, 2016. Personally, we’re happy that Passover (Pesach) 2016 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,” or “Chag Kasher b’Sameach,” wishing a good and kosher Pesach. During the first and last two days, 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.