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Easter versus Passover comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartEasterPassover
Type Christian, cultural Jewish. One of the Three Pilgrim Festivals
Significance Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Celebrates the Exodus, the freedom from slavery of the Children of Israel from ancient Egypt that followed the Ten Plagues., Beginning of the 49 days of Counting of the Omer
Celebrations Church services, festive family meals, Easter egg hunts and gift-giving 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 lamb Sacri
Observances Prayer, all-night vigil, sunrise service Seders, Synagogue services
2012 date April 8 (Western), April 15 (Eastern) April 6 - 14
2013 date March 31 (Western), May 5 (Eastern) March 25 - April 2
2014 date April 20 (Western), April 20 (Eastern) April 14 - 22
Official name Easter Sunday(it concludes Holy Week). Pesach - פסח (in Hebrew).
Observed by Christians. Jews. (In various forms also by: Samaritans; Messianic Jews; Some groups claiming affiliation with Israelites).
2013 date March 31 (Western), May 5 (Eastern) sunset of Monday 25 March to nightfall of Monday 1 April / Tuesday 2 April (7th day)
2014 date April 20 (Western), April 20 (Eastern) sunset of Monday 14 April to nightfall of Monday 21 April / Tuesday 22 April (7th day)
Related to Passover, of which it is regarded the Christian equivalent; Septuagesima, Sexagesima, Quinquagesima, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Clean Monday, Lent, Great Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday which lead up Shavuot ("Festival of Weeks") which follows 49 days from the second night of Passover.

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