2016: Easter Good Friday And Jewish Purim One Day Apart. Very Rare.

by Anura Guruge


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Last year, i.e., 2015, we had Easter and Jewish Passover fall on the same weekend. The first full day of Passover cannot happen on a Friday. So you can never have the first day of Passover on Good Friday. But as was the case last year you can have the start of Passover, at sunset, taking place on Good Friday. Passover and Good Friday being a day apart happens quite often — as you can see from the table. And this makes sense since these two ‘Holy Days’ were once related.

Purim occurring near Easter is more rare — though Purim can fall on Good Friday as it did in 2005 & 2008.

Passover alway occurs 30 days after Purim. So you can see why Purim doesn’t occur that often close to Easter. As to the big fluctuations. Mainly to do with the fact the Jewish calendar, by and large, is Lunar-based.

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by Anura Guruge

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