HAPPY PASSOVER! Find a Cool Passover Greeting
Say 'Happy Passover' with a free Passover greeting. Choose from dozens of Passover greetings which say 'Happy Passover' in Hebrew and in English. Find funny Passover greetings and cards, too.
Happy Passover! This year, Passover begins around the world at sundown on Friday, April 3, 2015, and it lasts for a full week.
Anytime during the holiday, it is appropriate to say or to send a Passover greeting to Jews celebrating the festival.
On this page you will find messages and cards ready for you to wish 'Happy Passover' to everyone on your list. You'll also learn how to say 'Happy Passover' in Hebrew and Yiddish. Finally, you'll find some funny Passover greetings, because Passover (Pesach) really is a fun holiday in Judaism.
Want to send a 'Happy Passover' to someone? The Passover greetings below are just what you need. Simply right click on the greeting you want and save it to your computer. It will transfer without the caption underneath. Then, just paste it into an email or print it out as a card. Instructions for making a card are in the video at the bottom of this page. You may use any of these greetings for your personal use. Enjoy!
The first greeting uses the Hebrew phrase Chag Sameach. This means 'Happy Holiday' in Hebrew. (Any Jewish person will understand what this means.) The plate is called a Seder Plate and is used to celebrate the Passover Seder on the first night of the holiday.
If you aren't familiar with the Passover customs, the greeting below needs an explanation. It is the tradition to drink four cups of wine or grape juice during the Passover Seder. The Seder is a very long family dinner and ceremony, lasting three hours or more. The four cups of wine are an important symbol of the holiday meal and the holiday itself.
For Jews living outside of the land of Israel, the Passover meal ends with the wish:
"Shana Haba B'Yerushalayim"
(Next year in Jerusalem)
The greeting below shows a father and son walking on the road to Jerusalem.
What is Passover? Passover is all about the times the Children of Israel lived in Egypt and were finally enslaved and living under terrible duress. They were freed and allowed to journey back to their homeland in Israel on the very first Passover.
Many Passover greetings refer to the Exodus from Egypt and the holiday is also known as the Festival of Freedom.
The three greetings below use the Exodus theme and imagery. All of these greetings use the Hebrew phrase Chag Pesach Sameach. This means 'Happy Passover Holiday' in Hebrew.
The Passover Seder recounts the terrors which God inflicted upon the Egyptian households while He 'passed over' the households of the Israelites. This is the meaning of the word Passover (which is Pesach in the Hebrew Bible).
At the end of the Seder, a cup of wine is poured for the Prophet Elijah and the door is opened in anticipation of Elijah, who is promised to come sometime in the future.
In the greeting below, you will see a family at the Seder table, opening the door for Elijah.
At the Passover Seder, the children ask four questions to learn about the holiday. The questions begin with:
"Why is this night different from all other nights?"
That question is used in the greeting below. There is a full moon because Passover is always held on the night of a full moon.
Matzah is eaten for the entire seven-day holiday. (Eight days are celebrated by some Jews who live outside of Israel.) That's a whole lotta matzah!
Matzah is the word from the Bible which means unleavened bread. It's a central element to the holiday and you can't have Passover without it.
Many people prefer to buy matzah imported from Israel. The matzah featured at the right is from a very famous matzah bakery in Jerusalem.
At the Seder, the ritual ceremony is conducting by reading a book called the Haggadah. Every person at the dinner table must have his own copy to read during the event.
The Haggadah begins with everyone saying:
"Let all who are hungry, come and eat.
Let all who are needy
come and celebrate Passover."
Thus, the invitation is given for guests to join in a family's Passover dinner. The greeting below features the Seder table with a Haggadah at every place setting.
Every year during Passover, the Kohen priesthood gathers in Jerusalem to bless the people of Israel. This ceremony is called Birkat Kohanim, (Priestly Blessing) and tens of thousands of people gather at the Temple Mount for the blessing. This practice comes from the Biblical commandment in Numbers (Bamidbar) 6:22–27. Synagogues around the world also conduct this ritual, led by the Kohanim priests in their communities.
The Passover greeting below includes a portion of this blessing. The word Hashem refers to the name of God.
How do you say or write a Passover greeting? Here is the list of every Passover greeting, all in one place. This chart shows you how to say 'Happy Passover' in Hebrew and how to recognize the words if you see them written in the Hebrew Alphabet. You pronounce the 'ch' in these words like the 'ch' in Loch Ness Monster or the name of classical composer, Bach.
Say 'Happy Passover' in Hebrew
Passover Greeting Transliteration
Chag Pesach Sameach
חג פסח שמח
Happy Passover Holiday
Chag Kasher Ve'sameach
חג כשר ושמח
A Kosher and Happy Holiday
Good Time Period (used on days 2-6 of Passover)
Good Festival Time (used on days 2-6 of Passover)
Here are graphics of the greetings in Hebrew and English transliteration, which you may send in an email to someone celebrating the Jewish holiday:
The table below shows you how to say a Passover greeting in Yiddish:
Say 'Happy Passover' in Yiddish
Yiddish Passover Greeting Transliteration
A Sweet Passover
Have a Learned Passover
Koshern Freylakhn Pesach
Kosher and Learned Passover
Here are graphics of the greetings in Yiddish with English transliteration. Not all Jews speak Yiddish, but most will understand these greetings for Pesach.
Funny Passover Greetings
Passover is a serious, religious holiday. But, it is also a holiday of joy and of family celebrations. It's OK to reflect this with funny Passover greetings, so long as the jokes aren't sacrilegious.
Some of the jokes about Passover are about how long it takes to get through the entire Haggadah – usually several hours. Different families have different customs about how long a Seder should last and sometimes it depends upon how small the children are and how long they can stay awake! Families with very small children will often use a shortened or 'kids' version of the Haggadah (not quite as short as the version below).
The greeting below needs a little explanation. In the Bible, the Hebrews (and all descendants in future generations) were required to remove all leavening out of their homes and environs before Passover.
This commandment has resulted in a spring-cleaning ritual every year in Jewish households that often lasts a full month before the holiday. Not all of this effort is required, but it has become a time to paint the walls, reupholster the furniture and the like, while searching for leavening throughout the house. (You'd be surprised how many cookie crumbs you can find in children's pockets!) In most households, the bulk of the burden for all of this cleaning falls upon the wife. (Truth is, most women wouldn't have it any other way, but that's another story.)
There is a moment during the Seder ritual when everyone leans (reclines) on a pillow, to symbolize freedom, because the very first Passover meal was eaten in haste for the Exodus from Egypt was just a few hours away.
And all of this is a very long introduction to the greeting below.
Of all the funny things that are said about Passover, the overwhelming majority are about the humble matzah. The matzah is, after all, the star of the holiday.
Passover is called the Festival of Matzah more than 10 times in the Bible and the word matzah is used more than 50 times in the Bible. Again, that's a whole lotta matzah!
And, it's part of the fun of the holiday, too.
No matter how many matzah balls a person eats in his lifetime, none taste as good as the ones your mother made. (There's more than a few funny jokes about that, too.)
The greeting below has a secret recipe that anyone will appreciate receiving. And, that's no joke!
One of the funniest things to include on the Passover table is a salt and pepper set made to look like matzah balls – guaranteed to generate smiles!
Funny Passover Greetings from Israel
If you want to print one of these greetings as a folded greeting card, the video below shows you how to do this on your home computer printer using 8 1/2" X 11" or A4 paper.
You can use one of the images above for the cover on the card, and then write your personal message on the inside.
All you have to do is right click on the graphic you want and save it to your computer.
What is Passover? Read the historic background of the Pesach Jewish holiday and find complete details of the first Passover and the events surrounding the Exodus from Egypt.
Everything you wanted to know about the Passover Seder, even if you didn't know what to ask, is found in this article. The Passover Seder meal is the celebration on the first night of the holiday.
Learn the Hebrew Alphabet for Passover in this online tutorial. This guide has videos and printable coloring pages and flash cards to help the kids learn, too:
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