The first and last days of the festival.
In Israel, Shavuot is 1 day. In the diaspora, it is 2 days.
The Torah forbids working during the yom tov part of Passover (except for cooking and carrying). During chol hamoed, some work can be done, but writing and laundering clothes, among many other things, may not be done.
Actually, Passover was established as a 7 day festival. In fact, Passover is still celebrated as a 7 day festival in the land of Israel. However, in the Diaspora, the festival is 8 days. The reason for this is that when the new moon was originally sanctified in Jerusalem, the messengers couldn't get to the Jews living in the diaspora in time in order to let them know when the festival was to begin. As such, Jews in the diaspora kept an extra day because of the doubt. Now, even though there is a fixed calendar, this tradition continues and the festival is 7 days in Israel and 8 days in the diaspora. The first day of Passover (first two in the diaspora) is considered a holy day (Yom Tov). On the first day the Jews left Egypt. The seventh day (and the 8th day in the diaspora) is also considered a holy day. On the seventh day the miracle of splitting the sea occurred. The days in between are the intermediate days of the festival.
Shavuoth is a Jewish Festival that is held exactly fifty days after the second day of Passover (Leviticus ch.23). The festival celebrates when the Jewish people were given the Torah.
In Israel it lasts seven days, and in the diaspora (out of Israel) it lasts eight days.
The first day of Passover (or the first 2 days outside of Israel) have a status lower than the Sabbath, but they are still holy days during which all work not required to enjoy the festival is forbidden. As a resultl, if someone dies shortly before or during these days, their burial is deferred. Work (including burial) is permitted during the intermediate days of the festival, and then forbidden on the final day.
6 days. The festival of Passover is seven days. The first day celebrates the exodus from Egypt and the seventh day commemorates the splitting of the red sea.
Passover (Pesach) is celebrated in Nissan according to the Jewish calendar. This usually falls out in April according to the Gregorian calendar. The holiday is 7 days long in Israel and 8 days outside of Israel. In 2008, Passover starts on April 19th. In 2009, April 9th. In 2010, March 30.
Passover in 1963 started on Tuesday, April 9th. In Israel, Passover is seven days, Outside of Israel, it is eight days.
According to the instructions in the Torah, the Passover festival lasts for seven days.Each family brings the Paschal lamb sacrifice to the Temple, and eats it there, on thefirst day, and refrains from eating any leavened products for the rest of the 7 days.Judging by the use of the past tense in the question, it may surprise you to learn thatright now, today, in 2013, the Passover is still observed throughout the Jewish world,with two primary modifications: First, the Paschal lamb sacrifice is not offered, because,just now, there is sadly no Temple in which to offer it. Second, for very technical reasons,the festival is observed for eight (8) days by Jews outside of Israel.Answer:Both. The Torah calls it both one day (Leviticus 23:5) and one week (Leviticus 23:6). The one day refers to the offering up of the Passover sacrifice, while the full week is the complete festival. Note that the Passover sacrifice was offered up on the day before the full festival (unlike what the above answer implies). The day before Passover, while not a complete day of rest, was observed (Talmud, Pesachim 2b) as a minor festival (comparable to Purim, Tisha B'Av and Hol HaMoed, which have a partial cessation from work). The offering was brought on the afternoon of that day and was eaten that night, the first night of the full Passover festival itself.
Are you thinking of Passover? That was hardly Pagan, being Jewish. The Roman calendar being solar and the Jewish calendar being lunar/solar, you need the exact year of the crucifixion in order to figure out what Roman festival would have aligned with. There is no scholarly consensus about this date, and the Roman calendar is cluttered with minor feast days.