Passover is one of the most momentous festivals in the Jewish calendar. This festival commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from the slavery of the ancient Egyptians. All the Jews celebrate it across the globe with immense enthusiasm and magnificence. Passover, also known as Pesach in Hebrew, means 'to pass over' or 'to pass through'. This holiday is also referred to as Chag he-Aviv (the Spring Festival), Chag ha-Matzoth (the Festival of Matzahs) and Zeman Herutenu (the Time of Our Freedom). Preparations for the festival begin days before with removing of the chametz, i.e., leaven food which includes bread and other leavened food items. Passover is a time for family gatherings and feasting. However, the date of Passover varies from year to year. Celebrate Passover and spread the continuing message of God about the active faith and belief of the people in Torah's Holy message.
Passover In 2015
Passover begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan, the first month of the Hebrew calendar. This date corresponds in the month of March or April as per the Gregorian calendar. Hence, Passover is also considered as a spring festival, which begins on the night of the full moon after the Vernal Equinox falling on the 14th day of Nisan. This year the Passover 2015 begins in the evening of Friday, April 3 and ends in the evening of Saturday, April 11. Another tradition followed by the Jews is that the Nisan month would not start until the barley gets ripe. Passover is a seven to eight days holiday wherein the first two and the last two days are regarded as full-fledged holidays and no one is allowed to work during that time. The four days that fall in between are called Chol Hamoed where work is allowed but with restrictions.
While considering the date of Passover in 2015, the season begins just after sunset or just after nightfall on saturday, April 4. The Jewish law defines nightfall as 'the end of sunset'. This can occur anytime from 20 minutes to 1 hour depending upon a nation's geographic latitude and location. For Jews who would be celebrating Passover for seven days, the Pesach season ends on Saturday, April 11. While Jews observing Passover for eight days will continue the season till Tuesday, April 12. The first two nights of Passover are observed with a special family meal called Seder, which means 'order' in Hebrew.
Passover 2015 Date: First night of Passover 2015 is Monday, March 25.