Why do Jewish Holidays Begin at Night?

The reason Jewish holidays and celebrations begin in the evening is rooted in the biblical story of Creation, which teaches that God created night before day.

On the Jewish calendar, holidays begin at sundown and continue through the next day. For example, the weekly holiday of Shabbat begins at sundown on Friday night and ends at sundown on Saturday night.

For many Jewish families, it is customary to begin the holiday just a bit before sundown and to extend the holiday a bit after sundown the following night.