|Official name||Hebrew: פסח (Pesach)|
|Observed by||Jews, Samaritans, some Christians including Malayali Nasrani Christians, Knanaya and followers of Messianic Judaism.|
|Type||One of the Three Pilgrim Festivals|
|Significance||Counting of the Omer|
|Begins||15th day of Nisan|
|Ends||21st day of Nisan in Israel, and among some liberal Diaspora Jews; 22nd day of Nisan outside of Israel among more traditional Diaspora Jews.|
|2012 date||sunset of Friday 6 April to nightfall of Friday 13 April / Saturday 14 April (7th day)|
|2013 date||sunset of Monday 25 March to nightfall of Monday 1 April / Tuesday 2 April (7th day)|
|2014 date||sunset of Monday 14 April to nightfall of Monday 21 April / Tuesday 22 April (7th day)|
|Celebrations||In Jewish practice, one or two festive Seder meals – first two nights; in the times of the Temple in Jerusalem, the Passover sacrifice. In Samaritan practice, men gather for a religious ceremony on mount Gerizim that includes the ancient cow Sacrifice.il (7th day)|
|Related to||Shavuot ("Festival of Weeks") which follows 49 days from the second night of Passover.|
Passover or Pesah is a holiday or festival celebrated by Jewish people. They celebrate it to remember when God used Moses to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, as told in the book of Exodus in the Bible. God told Moses to set aside this special week originally called "the feast of unleavened bread". (Leaven is yeast) During this time the people eat special foods, do special rituals and sing songs. Passover is around the time of Easter. Some Christians also celebrate it.
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- "First day of Passover". timeanddate.com. http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/jewish/first-day-of-passover. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
- "What Is Passover?". Rabbinical College of Australia and N.Z.. http://www.rabbinicalcollege.edu.au/holidays/passover/pesach_cdo/aid/871715/jewish/What-Is-Passover.htm. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
- "Last day of Passover". timeanddate.com. http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/jewish/last-day-of-passover. Retrieved 2013-02-17.