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Comparison between Passover and Easter




Community Passover is a Jewish festival. Easter is celebrated by Christians.
Purpose Liberation of Israelites from Pharaoh. Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Central Figure Moses Jesus Christ
Duration Passover is celebrated across seven to eight days consecutively. Easter is celebrated over a week’s time.
Significance Passover is one of the many important festivals in the Jewish calendar. Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar.

Key Difference

Passover is a major Jewish festival commemorating the liberation of the children of Israel from the abject slavery and domination of Pharaoh.

Passover is a festival celebrated by Jews for seven to eight days;

The story goes that Moses visited Pharaoh time after time, in order to coax him into releasing the children of Israel. In turn, Pharaoh never relented from his stance. This led to Moses warning Pharaoh about the horrible plagues that God would bring upon Egypt, if he does not release the Israelites. God also told Moses that the Israelites should blot their doorposts with lamb’s blood, so that they could be secured from these plagues, when God ‘passes over’ their houses. Aghast by this revelation, Pharaoh finally gave in and let the Israelites go.

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, after he was publicly crucified.

The festival of Easter is celebrated over a week, beginning off with:

  • Palm Sunday – the day on which Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, riding on a donkey.
  • Thursday – is celebrated as Maundy Thursday, the day on which Jesus had his ‘Last Supper’, a Passover meal that he shared with his disciples. ‘Maundy’ because Jesus preached to all to always have love and affection, along with care for one another.
  • Friday  –  is celebrated as ‘Good Friday,’ the day on which Jesus was crucified. On this day, Christians all over the world mourn for the suffering and death of Christ. The Sunday after Good Friday is marked as the ‘Easter Sunday’, the main day of the festival. This was the day when Jesus rose from his death.

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