2024 Spring Holidays: Demystifying the Dates

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Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread are two significant holidays with deep roots in the story of Exodus. They are closely related, yet distinct, which can sometimes lead to confusion about their timing and observance.

Key Differences

  • Passover (Pesach):  Celebrated on the 14th day of Nisan, this holiday commemorates the Israelites' escape from Egyptian slavery. It is marked by the Seder meal, rich in symbolism and tradition, reflecting on freedom and divine protection.
  • Feast of Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzah): Begins on the 15th of Nisan, immediately after Passover, and lasts for seven days. It commemorates the haste of the Israelites' departure from Egypt, symbolized by the consumption of unleavened bread (matzah), as they had no time to let their bread rise.
  • Firstfruits reflects on God’s provision and the hope for future abundance, celebrated by recognizing the first yield of the harvest.

Why the Confusion?

  • Overlapping Themes: Both holidays celebrate aspects of the Exodus, with unleavened bread playing a central role in each. This overlap, along with their consecutive timing, can blur the lines between them.
  • Scriptural References: The terms "Passover" and "unleavened bread" are sometimes used together in the Bible, linking the events closely in the collective memory and practice (especially in the NT).

New Testament Perspective

The New Testament further intertwines these holidays, especially in the context of Jesus’ Last Supper, which is described as a Passover meal. This has led to debates about whether the events are interchangeable, given their deep symbolic connections to Jesus as the "Lamb of God."

Distinguishing the Holidays

  • Passover focuses on the sacrificial lamb and the act of liberation from slavery, marked by the Seder on the 14th of Nisan.
  • The Feast of Unleavened Bread follows for seven days, emphasizing the haste of the Israelites' escape and the purity symbolized by unleavened bread.

Preparing for Passover 2024

In 2024, Passover falls on the evening of Monday, April 22nd (which is considered the 15th of Nisan). However, to ensure your home is chametz-free for the Seder, you'll want to begin removing leavened products on the evening of Sunday, April 21st (the 14th of Nisan).

Remember: The 14th of Nisan typically begins at sunset on the Gregorian calendar the day before.

So, don't be confused! Start preparing for Passover by removing chametz from your home on the evening of April 21st, and enjoy the beautiful traditions of this important holiday.

  • Passover: Observed on the 14th day of Nisan (the first month of the Hebrew calendar). This year, it is April 22. 
  • The Feast of Unleavened Bread is celebrated from the 15th to the 21st of Nisan. This year, it is April 23. 
  • Firstfruits or "Bikkurim" occurs the day after the Sabbath following the Passover, which is part of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This means it falls on the first day of the week (Sunday) during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

2024 Spring Holiday Dates

  • Sunday, April 21 a good time to get rid of leaven. 
  • Monday, April 22 (evening): Passover begins
  • Tuesday, April 23-29: Feast of Unleavened Bread
  • Sunday, April 28: Feast of Firstfruits
  • Sunday, June 16: Feast of Weeks (Shavuot or Pentecost), 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits

Jesus in the Biblical Holidays Bible Journaling Classes

Enrollment should open for the Passover and Unleavened Bread classes on April 15. Click here for more. 

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