I had been under the impression that Pesach Sheini was only a historical and future observance -- that is, when the temple stood/stands. I didn't make the connection that it might also be special now until somebody wished me an early Pesach Sheini samayach today.

I know that some have the custom to eat matzah on this day and some omit tachanun, and that Chabad says it is a day of "second chances" and has some talks and essays on that theme, but I'm still at a loss for what one should be doing to mark the day. It's not chag, but is there a custom to make a festive meal? Are there any family/home-based observances (other than the matzah)? What do those who do anything special on this day actually do?


Nitai Gavriel (Pesach Vol 3 Chapter 57) brings several Pesach Sheni customs. Among them:

  • To increase in Simcha (source: the Chida)
  • To read the parsha of Pesach Sheni and learn its Halachos (source: The Shalo).
  • To read the Parsha of the Nesi'im (source: The Shalo).
  • To visit the grave of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNeis in Teveria (this is a sefardi custom sourced from many places). Some object to the festive nature of this practice.
  • To visit the grave of Rabbi Yehuda Bar Illoi (a custom of residents of Tzefas).

He also mentions in a footnote that one of the objections Misnagdim had to the practices of Chassidim was making a meal on Pesach Sheni even if it was one of the days of בה"ב.

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