Holidays

Jewish Holidays 2019-2020

Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays. Each holiday page includes a brief overview of special observances and customs, and any special Torah readings.
All holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified in the tables below. For example, if the dates for Rosh Hashana were listed as Sep 19-20, then the holiday begins at sundown on Sep 18 and ends at nightfall on Sep 20.

Major holidays

Holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified.

Dates in bold are yom tov, so they have similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat in the sense that normal “work” is forbidden.

Holiday Dates
Rosh Hashana Sep 30-Oct 1 M‑Tu
Yom Kippur Oct 9, 2019 W
Sukkot Oct 14-15, 2019 M‑Tu
Oct 16-20, 2019 W‑Su
Shmini Atzeret Oct 21, 2019 M
Simchat Torah Oct 22, 2019 Tu
Chanukah Dec 23-30, 2019 M‑M
Purim Mar 10, 2020 Tu
Pesach Apr 9-10, 2020 Th‑F
Apr 11-14, 2020 Sa‑Tu
Apr 15-16, 2020 W‑Th
Shavuot May 29-30, 2020 F‑Sa
Tish’a B’Av Jul 30, 2020 Th

Minor holidays

Holiday Dates
Tu BiShvat M
Purim Katan Tu
Shushan Purim F
Days of the Omer
Pesach Sheni Su
Lag BaOmer Th
Tu B’Av F
Leil Selichot Sep 21, 2019 Sa

Minor fasts

Holiday Dates
Tzom Gedaliah Sep 12, 2018 W
Asara B’Tevet Dec 18, 2018 Tu
Ta’anit Esther Mar 20, 2019 W
Ta’anit Bechorot Apr 19, 2019 F
Tzom Tammuz Jul 21, 2019 Su

Modern holidays

Holiday Dates
Yom HaShoah Th
Yom HaZikaron W
Yom HaAtzma’ut Th
Yom Yerushalayim Su
Yom HaAliyah Tu
Sigd W

Special Shabbatot

Holiday Dates
Shabbat Shuva Sa
Shabbat Shekalim Sa
Shabbat Zachor Sa
Shabbat Parah Sa
Shabbat HaChodesh Sa
Shabbat HaGadol Sa
Shabbat Chazon Sa
Shabbat Nachamu Sa
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh
Shabbat Machar Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh

Holiday Dates
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Tu
Rosh Chodesh Kislev Th
Rosh Chodesh Tevet Sa
Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat M
Rosh Chodesh Adar Tu
Rosh Chodesh Adar II Th
Rosh Chodesh Nisan Sa
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar Su
Rosh Chodesh Sivan Tu
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz W
Rosh Chodesh Av F
Rosh Chodesh Elul Sa

Dates in bold are yom tov, so they have similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat in the sense that normal “work” is forbidden.