JEWISH HOLIDAYS

Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for Hebrew Year 5778. 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 21-22, then the holiday begins at sundown on Sep 20 and ends at nightfall on Sep 22.

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 Description
Rosh Hashana Sep 21-22, 2017 The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur Sep 30, 2017 Sa Day of Atonement
Sukkot Oct 5-6, 2017
Oct 7-11, 2017
Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini Atzeret Oct 12, 2017 Th Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah Oct 13, 2017 F Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah Dec 13-20, 2017 The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights
Purim Mar 1, 2018 Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
Pesach Mar 31-Apr 1, 2018 
Apr 2-5, 2018
Apr 6-7, 2018 
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot May 20-21, 2018  Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish'a B'Av Jul 22, 2018 The Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples

Minor Holidays

Holiday Dates Description
Tu BiShvat Jan 31, 2018 New Year for Trees
Purim Katan Minor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years
Shushan Purim Mar 2, 2018 Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Days of the Omer 7 weeks from the second night of Pesach to the day before Shavuot
Pesach Sheni Apr 29, 2018  Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer May 3, 2018 33rd day of counting the Omer
Leil Selichot Sep 1, 2018 Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays
Tu B'Av Jul 27, 2018 Jewish holiday of love, similar to Valentine's Day

Minor fasts

Holiday Dates Description
Tzom Gedaliah Sep 24, 2017 Fast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah
Asara B'Tevet Dec 28, 2017 Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit Esther Feb 28, 2018 Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Mar 30, 2018 Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jul 1, 2018 Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple

Modern holidays

Holiday Dates Description
Yom HaShoah Apr 12, 2018 Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron Apr 18, 2018 Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut Apr 19, 2018 Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim May 13, 2018 Jerusalem Day
Yom HaAliyah Oct 27, 2017 Recognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish State of Israel
Sigd Nov 18, 2017  Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur

Special Shabbatot

Holiday Dates Description
Shabbat Shuva Sep 23, 2017 Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
Shabbat Shekalim Feb 10, 2018 Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor Feb 24, 2018 Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah Mar 10, 2018 Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh Mar 17, 2018 Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol Mar 24, 2018 Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon Jul 21, 2018 Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu Jul 28, 2018 Shabbat after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Consolation)
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh When Shabbat falls on Rosh Chodesh
Shabbat Machar Chodesh When Shabbat falls the day before Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh

Holiday Dates Description
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Oct 20, 2017 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh Kislev Nov 19, 2017 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh Tevet Dec 18, 2017 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat Jan 17, 2018 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sh'vat
Rosh Chodesh Adar Feb 15, 2018 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh Adar II Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar II (on leap years)
Rosh Chodesh Nisan Mar 17, 2018 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar Apr 15, 2018 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan May 15, 2018 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz Jun 13, 2018 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh Av Jul 13, 2018  Beginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh Elul Aug 11, 2018  Beginning of new Hebrew month of Elul

 

 

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