Pesach/Passover (Jewish)

What is Passover?

In Jewish tradition, Passover celebrates God's liberation of the Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt over 3,300 years ago. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish festivals.

When is Passover?

Passover is tied into the Jewish calendar but typically takes place in March or April, beginning at sunset on Tuesday 11 April - Monday 17 April 2017. It lasts for 7 or 8 days depending on the Jewish movement concerned.

What do people do during Passover?

Practices and observances throughout Passover vary according to the branch of Judaism concerned, and the beliefs of the individual.

Some Jews may wish to observe the Passover by not working on the first, second, seventh and eighth days of Passover.

Passover usually involves avoiding 'chametz', typically wheat, rye, barley, spelt and oats that have not been cooked within 18 minutes after first coming into contact with water.

Jewish people may also use Passover to observe their religion in more depth around this time (for example by attending temple services).

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