Monday September 27, 2021

Passover 2018

Jewish family in Israel sitting down to enjoy Passover dinner.
March 2018
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa

Daylight Saving Start
Sunday March 11
-3 years, -6 months, -16 days
or -1296 days


St Patricks Day
Saturday March 17
-3 years, -6 months, -10 days
or -1290 days


Palm Sunday
Sunday March 25
-3 years, -6 months, -2 days
or -1282 days


Good Friday
Friday March 30
-3 years, -5 months, -28 days
or -1277 days


Saturday March 31
-3 years, -5 months, -27 days
or -1276 days

Passover for the year 2018 starts on Saturday, March 31st and ends the 7 day holiday on Friday, April 6th. For the Jewish calendar night begins before day, thus the holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day on the evening of Friday, March 30th. 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 Saturday, April 7th.

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 2018

Saturday, March 31st is day number 90 of the 2018 calendar year with -3 years, -5 months, -27 days until the start of the celebration of Passover 2018.

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 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 -536
Passover 2021 Sunday, March 28, 2021 -183
Passover 2022 Saturday, April 16, 2022 201
Passover 2023 Thursday, April 06, 2023 556
Passover 2024 Tuesday, April 23, 2024 939
Passover 2025 Sunday, April 13, 2025 1294