Passover Fact Sheet
Passover is a Jewish festival that begins at sunset on the 14th day of the Jewish calendar month "Nisan," which falls in March or April. The holiday, called Pesach in Hebrew, commemorates and retells the story of the Hebrews' emancipation from slavery under Pharaoh and their Exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses. In the days leading to the Hebrews' flight from Egypt, God afflicted the Egyptians with 10 plagues, the final one being the death of the firstborn of Egypt. To protect the Hebrews from the final plague, God instructed them to apply the blood of a spring lamb to the posts of their doorways. He would then "pass over" these homes. The holiday features both intensive preparation and festive meals.