Saturday July 20, 2024

Passover 2008

Jewish family in Israel sitting down to enjoy Passover dinner.
April 2008
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa

April Fools Day
Tuesday April 1
-16 years, -3 months, -19 days
or -5954 days


Sunday April 20
-16 years, -3 months
or -5935 days


Earth Day
Tuesday April 22
-16 years, -2 months, -28 days
or -5933 days


Passover for the year 2008 starts on Sunday, April 20th and ends the 7 day holiday on Saturday, April 26th. For the Jewish calendar night begins before day, thus the holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day on the evening of Saturday, April 19th. For Reform and Reconstructionist Jews who follow the Biblical text they celebrate the holiday over 7 days, however, Orthodox, Hasidic, and other Jews in the Diaspora will celebrate the holiday as 8 days ending on Sunday, April 27th.

Passover is a spring festival that begins in the months of March or April on the Gregorian calendar. Passover starts on the 15th day of the month of Nisan which is on the first night of a full moon after the northern vernal equinox (except leap months can make the festival start after the second full moon after the northern vernal equinox as in the year 2016).

The 7 or 8 day festival is one of the most important celebrations on the Hebrew calendar commemorating the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It begins with families gathering together the first night (first 2 nights for many communities outside Israel) for dinner called seder (meaning “order” of “arrangement” in Hebrew) and ends 7 to 8 days later.

Why do Jewish holidays start at nighttime?

According to the Torah, the story of creation in Genesis says “And it was evening, and it was morning day one”, “And it was evening, and it was morning; the second day”, thus night comes before day. So for the Jewish calendar all days begin at nightfall and end the next day at nightfall including holidays.

Days to Passover 2008

Sunday, April 20th is day number 111 of the 2008 calendar year with -16 years, -3 months, -0 days until the start of the celebration of Passover 2008.

Name(s):Passover, Pesach
Type:Observance, Jewish
When:Begins 15th day of Nisan and ends 21st day of Nisan (7 day – Israel and liberal Diaspora) and ends 22nd day of Nisan (8 day – outside Israel traditional Diaspora) on the Hebrew Calendar

Dates for Passover

HolidayDateDays to Go
Passover 2023 Thursday, April 06, 2023 -471
Passover 2024 Tuesday, April 23, 2024 -88
Passover 2025 Sunday, April 13, 2025 267
Passover 2026 Thursday, April 02, 2026 621
Passover 2027 Thursday, April 22, 2027 1006
Passover 2028 Monday, April 10, 2028 1360