Passover is celebrated in many countries around the globe in every Jewish family. But, unlike the Orthodox Easter, this holiday has a lot of features and differences. The most basic, perhaps, distinction and differentiation is that the Jewish Easter or as it more commonly called Passover marks not the resurrection of God and repentance of souls, but the escape of the Jews from suffering in Egypt and deliverance from slavery. That’s why, these two holidays have many differences, for example the date and duration of the celebration. When is Passover in 2018 and how people celebrate this holiday, we will light up in this article.
When is Passover day 2018?
The Jewish calendar is quite different from a lot of European, like the Gregorian. In determining the date of the holiday, the Jews at all times were using the solar-lunar calculation, so the name and duration of the months they have quite different.
Passover in 2018 will be celebrated on March 30. This time the European and Orthodox Easter have matched same time.
The tradition of celebrating the Passover
To fill a force and power of this light holiday, of course, you need to try to comply with all rituals and traditions, which are the big number, even very difficult to list and name it. That’s why you need to be aware of the most important and significant among all number.
- Before holiday it is imperative to make an order, to get rid of all unnecessary. But it is not just about the dust and dirt on the furniture and other surfaces. Jews begin quickly get rid of leavened food, also spices, sauces, alcoholic beverages and other prohibited products. Some Jews try to consume all the stuff that fall under the prohibition before the Passover, while the others hide alcohol and products in friend’s houses, who are not Jews.
- In the first day the head of the family must hold a ceremony of formal searches of chametz. But, here it is necessary to be careful because the light must be switched off, and instead, must be used only candles.
- The rabbis are eligible at this time to sell the chametz not only Jews. And what is left unsold and not eaten should be simply burned.
- In the first and seventh day of Passover Jews are prohibited from working, but the other days you can do any work. Although still some limitations, but they are not very important and significant.
- Before Passover, there is a tradition to collect money for the flour for matzah (Jewish matzah – unleavened flatbread) and then for the holiday food for the poor people.
- In every day of Passover people read prays, each of which symbolizes their particular event. For example, on the seventh day, what is directly connected with the passing of the Jews through the Red Sea, people read Hazkarat Neshamot in the synagogues. It is a pray of remembrance of all dead relatives.
- Meal. At this time for Jew is strictly forbidden to eat some crops. The main dish of the holiday table must necessarily be matzah, made from dough without fermentation.
- Holiday table. According to traditions, on the Passover table should be used special dishes, which are available to each family and is used just for serving this bright day. A value of these dishes is that it’s transmitted from one generation to another and that’s why it’s so valuable and priceless for everyone. In that case, if you do not have dishes, then you must purchase and perform a small ritual. In other words, wash it with hot water, and then it is available to put on the table.
Apparently, Passover has many interesting features, which distinguish it from all other holidays. Although still possible to find some common and similar characteristics between Easter and Passover. What is the date of Passover 2018? Holiday will continue during March 30- April 7.
Looking to the history
In Hebrew “Passover”, means, “pass, pass or bypass.” The Jews were a long time in slavery in Egypt. They have endured the severe life conditions. Also they were suffering from disparaging and derogatory attitude of the Egyptians. In time, their life becomes unbearable. Then Jews started to ask a God for help. They were praying very hard for deliverance from slavery and granting freedom. God heard these poor people and delegated Moses to take all enslaved Jewish people out of Egypt. After Moses got support from heaven, he went to Pharaoh to ask for freedom for his people. Of course, Pharaoh just laughed after he heard this question. For this behavior, God punished Pharaoh and all Egypt with 10 horrible punishments.
The most terrible were death of Egyptian babies. In one night, all first babies of Egypt died, but Jewish babies stayed alive. It happened because Angel of the Lord said to point the Egyptian doors with the blood of sacrificed sheep. This was a big grief for Egyptians, and they convinced Pharaoh to let the Jews go. Passover – is a celebration of escaping babies from death and ending of Egyptian slavery.
What day is Passover in 2018? The Jews celebrating Passover on Nisan 14, when were destroyed, Egyptian babies. Whole holiday last 7 days. But the most important non-working day are 1st and 7th days. Rest of days are half-working. But for children of course holiday last all 7 days. When is Passover in 2017? Calendar days from March 30-April 7.
What is common between Easter and Passover?
Despite the fact that the two most important holidays in the largely different from each other, theologians still see some similarities and parallels. What are they? Well. First of all, is that in the Bible and the Gospel events in the question of death and salvation, freedom and slavery, the sacrificial blood and bread. It is worth to note, that people often mention the figures from the history of Passover to interpretation and it became much clearer and more accessible. Passover, like the Orthodox Easter, is very valuable for the Jews, so we need to respect the traditions of every nation, because in his way people can live in peace and harmony with each other.