The celebration of freedom, the saga of a unique tryst with the Lord and the historic turn of events to create a ‘Land of Hope' - yes, that's Passover! It is indeed a commemoration of the escape of Hebrews from the dictatorship and enslavement of the rulers of Egypt. The festival is celebrated by Jews all over the globe, with much pomp and glory. Houses are decorated, games are played and sumptuous meals are prepared to observe the occasion. Merry-making and fun are the key elements of the festival and people make sure that they have ample of them during the festival. Apart from this, following the rituals and customs is also very important and this is particularly seen during the Sedar meal. Prayers are recited, songs are sung and stories are narrated to make the masses aware of their own inherent tradition. Such a massive celebration witnesses participation by people of all age groups and diverse mindsets. Read on to know more about the festival, as to when is it observed and the date for the next Passover.
When Is Passover
The festival of Pesach is observed on the 14th day of Nissan, in accordance with the Hebrew calendar. This calendar is used only by the Jewish community and is luni-solar in nature. Initially, this was the only form of calendar used by the masses, but due to globalization, people today use it only for religious observances. To some extent, the Jewish farmers in Israel also make use of the calendar to highlight their agricultural framework and sometimes, it is also used by official institutions in the State of Israel. The principles behind the origin of the calendar can be traced back to the sayings in the Holy script of Torah. There, several calendar related commandments are found, along with the decree of the Lord to fix Nissan as the first month of the year.
Passover starts from the 14th day of Nissan, on a full moon night, after the vernal equinox. It is vital that the festival does not start before the start of spring and hence, it is a tradition there that Nissan month would not start until the barley is ripe. In the unlikely occasion that the barley is not ripe, an intercalary month called AdarII is added. Passover is a total of 7-day celebration, with the first and the last days marked as public holidays. These two days are usually spent in special prayer services, holiday meals and complete abstinence from work. The intervening 5 days in between is known as Chol HaMoed or festive days. According to the Gregorian calendar, the Passover will begin at sunset on Monday Apr 10, 2017, and will end at sunset on Tuesday Apr 18, 2017.
Passover 2017: Monday Apr 10 ~ Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017