Major holidays - 2019

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.

Holiday Dates Description
Purim Th Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
Pesach - Sa‑Su
- M‑Th
- F‑Sa
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot - Su‑M Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish'a B'Av Su The Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples
Rosh Hashana - M‑Tu The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur W Day of Atonement
Sukkot - M‑Tu
- W‑Su
Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini Atzeret M Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah Tu Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah - M‑M The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights

Minor holidays - 2019

Holiday Dates Description
Tu BiShvat M New Year for Trees
Purim Katan Tu Minor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years
Shushan Purim F Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Pesach Sheni Su Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer Th 33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'Av F Jewish holiday of love, similar to Valentine's Day
Leil Selichot Sep 21 Sa Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts

Holiday Dates Description
Ta'anit Esther Mar 20 W Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Apr 19 F Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jul 21 Su Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple
Tzom Gedaliah Oct 2 W Fast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah

Modern holidays

Holiday Dates Description
Yom HaShoah Th Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron W Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut Th Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim Su Jerusalem Day
Yom HaAliyah Tu Recognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish State of Israel
Sigd W Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur

Special Shabbatot

Holiday Dates Description
Shabbat Shekalim Sa Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor Sa Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah Sa Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh Sa Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol Sa Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon Sa Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu Sa Shabbat after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Consolation)
Shabbat Shuva Sa Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)

Rosh Chodesh

Holiday Dates Description
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat M Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sh'vat
Rosh Chodesh Adar Tu Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh Adar II Th Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar II (on leap years)
Rosh Chodesh Nisan Sa Beginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar Su Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan Tu Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz W Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh Av F Beginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh Elul Sa Beginning of new Hebrew month of Elul
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Tu Beginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh Kislev Th Beginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh Tevet Sa Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet




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