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Theravāda New Year and First Day of Pesah

Saturday, April 16, 2022 (all day)

New Year festival for Theravāda Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April.

(Until April 22 for Reform Jews; Until April 23 for Orthodox and Conservative Jews) Pesaḥ commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt. It is the first of the three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (the other two are Shavuot and Sukkot). The evenings of the first and second days begin with Seders (festive meals and the telling of the Passover story). In Israel and among Reform Jews, Pesaḥ is celebrated for seven days: eve + the first day + the seventh (last) day are non-working. For Orthodox and Conservative Jews outside Israel, Pesaḥ is celebrated for eight days: eve + first and second days + seventh (second last) and eighth (last) days are non-working. Religious accommodation may be required for this observance/holy day. Suspension of work/classes may be requested by observant.

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