Wondering about the dates for Passover (Pesach) in 2017. . .when is Passover 2017, the Hebrew Year 5777? The eight-day festival of Passover (Pesach) celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, and 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 2017?” We are happy to provide you with this information about Passover 2017 dates so that you can plan your first Passover seder for 2017, your second Passover seder for 2017, 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 2017, Passover will begin at sunset on Monday, April 10, 2017
Passover 2017 will end the nightfall of Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Here is the full schedule:
Monday night, April 10, 2017: First seder 2017 and 5777
Tuesday night, April 11, 2017: Second seder 2017;
Tuesday, April 11- Wednesday, April 12: according to traditional Judaism, the first two days and last two days of Pesach are full-fledged holiday and no work is permitted
Wednesday, April 12: Second day Pesach
Thursday, April 13: Third day
Friday, April 14: Fourth day
Saturday, April 15: Fifth day, and Shabbat (the Sabbath)
Sunday, April 16: Sixth day
Monday, April 17: Seventh day; no work permitted per traditional Judaism
Tuesday, April 18: Eighth/last full day; no work permitted per traditional Judaism. Passover ends at sunset.
We’re happy that Passover (Pesach) 2017 begins on a Monday night, because that makes it a little easier for out of town guests travel over the weekend to be with family at a Monday night seder! Remember to make your seder more fun — it’s easy to add the Passover Bingo Game to make it more interactive!
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.