• Passover 2019

    Wondering about the dates for Passover (Pesach) in 2019. . .when is Passover 2019, the Hebrew Year 5779? 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 2019?” We are happy to provide you with this information about Passover 20179 dates so that you can plan your first Passover seder for 2019, your second Passover seder for 2019, if you’re hosting or just going to a seder as a guest. It’s helpful to brush up on the basics of the holiday in advance of the Seder.

    Passover 2019 Schedule

    Passover begins at sunset on Friday, April 19, 2019 and ends at nightfall on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Here is the complete Passover schedule for 2019:

    Friday night, April 19, 2019: First seder of 2019 and 5779

    Saturday, April 20: First full day of Passover 2019

    Saturday night, April 20, 2019: Second seder 2019

    Sunday April 21:  Second day Pesach

    Monday, April 22: Third day

    Tuesday April 23: Fourth day

    Wednesday April 24: Fifth day

    Thursday April 25: Sixth day

    Friday April 26: Seventh day of Passover

    Saturday April 27: Eighth and last full day of Passover 2019.  Saturday is also Shabbat (the Sabbath).  The Passover holiday ends at sunset.

    We’re happy that Passover (Pesach) 2019 begins on a Friday night.  Jewish holidays that fall over a weekend make it a little easier for out of town guests.  People can travel over the weekend to be with family at a Friday night seder!

    Passover Greetings

    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.

    Passover Traditions

    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 the Seder, we read the story of Exodus from special books called Haggadot (Hagaddahs), on both the first and second nights.  Some more liberal or modern Reform Jews, and some Jews in Israel, only have a seder on the first night.

    The middle four days are called chol hamoed, semi-festive “intermediate days,” when most forms of work are permitted.