Why Does Passover Last Eight Days?

Passover is celebrated in commemoration of expulsion of Jews from Egypt. From our knowledge of Bible we know that at first Pharaoh had declined to let the Jews leave as against his commitment with the prophet Moses, whereupon the God Almighty inflicted ten pestilences on Egyptians that began to annihilate their health and life.

The Egyptians under the effects of plague developed blisters that eventually caused their wide-scale death, suffered deep agonies on the death of their firstborn sons. It was the course of the last plague that compelled Pharaoh let Jews settle in the Holy Land, now a days called Israel.

Passover Why Does Passover Last Eight Days?

Why Passover?

Passover was formerly known as “The Feast of the Unleavened Bread” in the wake of the retrospect in which their Lord had commanded them to put bloody marks on their doorways to avert the likely intrusion of the Angel of Death, i.e. the “pass over” the marked homes and do not take their lives.

This turned on the seven-day feast popularly known as Passover. The Jews while escaping and vacating their dwellings could not wait for the maturation of their breads, so in haste they had to throw off their unleavened breads in the food container and had to wait for the sun to appear so that they could partly bake it.

When does Passover begin?

According to Biblical ruling, Passover is celebrated as per Jewish lunar calendar and hence takes effect from the evening of the fifteenth day of the month of Nisan. The English date, however, varies on yearly basis, either falling in March or in April for the English dates follow Gregorian calendar.

Traditionally, over the course of Passover, the first and last days are formally commemorated as holidays, as people don’t happen to go to mundane work, such that the first two days being celebrated as Seder feast and the last two days of Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, are celebrated to commemorate the Passage of the Red Sea, where Moses, with the blessing’s of Almighty, was able to have bifurcated the waters of the Red Sea to pass the Jew safely on to the opposite side.

The first day of Seder sets on at the sunset on the 15th of Nisan, and the second day is celebrated on 16th at night. Food and drinks are served in obedience to holy dietary laws.

The day before Passover is observed as the Fast of the Firstborn. On this day it is obligatory on firstborn males of a family to fast in commemoration of the firstborn Jew males who were acquitted during the slaughter of the firstborns in Egypt. The fast in particular involves a discard of leavened bread by sundown.

A historical survey has found Christians, as well, to be commemorating Seder in Passover but with a different creed. Seder in Christianity is considered as Jesus Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples usually celebrated on Thursday, the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, and has to be celebrated before the advent of Sunday of the Easter.

Was Passover related to 7 days ever?

As per biblical accounts, the seven days’ feast of the Passover is mandatory to commence from the 15th of Nisan. In the 14th day of the first month, between two consecutive evenings, resides the Lord’s Passover.

And the fifteenth day falling in the same month is ordained as the Feast of Unleavened Bread unto the Lord

“seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread … in the first day ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work … and ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days …” The seventh day is a holy communion — “ye shall do no manner of servile work …” (Leviticus 23:5)

The background cause of an extra day is the Jewish tradition. Good Day is acknowledged as the closing day of Passover rite. It was the day when the Jews got emancipation from the Egyptian oppression. Sanhedrin worked out the date of Yom Tov (Good Day). But it was too late for the exact date to be conveyed to the people of Diaspora.

This cast doubt and the Jewish zealots reached an unpleasant compromise: let’s celebrate both days to scrape off the doubt. The eight-day Passover tradition, however, survived the usurpations of time as of today as reminiscence for all the Jews to consider themselves always living in the Diaspora and yet don’t claim a permanent settlement in the Holy Land.

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