Jewish Holidays 2019-2020

Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for Hebrew Year 5780 (2019-2020). Each holiday page includes a brief overview of special observances and customs, and any special Torah readings.

Except for minor fasts, holidays begin at sundown on the date specified in the tables below. For example, if the dates for Rosh Hashana are listed as -, then the holiday begins at sundown on Sep 29 and ends at nightfall on Oct 1.

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Major holidays

Holidays begin at sundown on the first date specified and end at nightfall on the last 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.

HolidayDates
Rosh Hashana , 2019 Su‑Tu
The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur , 2019 Tu‑W
Day of Atonement
Sukkot , 2019 Su‑Tu
, 2019 W‑Su
Feast of Booths
Shmini Atzeret , 2019 Su‑M
Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah , 2019 M‑Tu
Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah , 2019 Su‑M
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication
Purim , 2020 M‑Tu
Celebration of Jewish deliverance as told by Megilat Esther
Pesach , 2020 W‑F
, 2020 Sa‑M
, 2020 Tu‑Th
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot , 2020 Th‑Sa
Festival of Weeks

Minor holidays

HolidayDates
Tu BiShvat , 2020 Su‑M
New Year for Trees
Shushan Purim , 2020 Tu‑W
Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Pesach Sheni , 2020 Th‑F
Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer , 2020 M‑Tu
33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'Av , 2020 Tu‑W
Minor Jewish holiday of love
Leil Selichot Sep 12, 2020 Sa
Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts

Minor fasts begin at dawn and end at nightfall.

Tish'a B'Av begins at sundown on the first date specified and ends at nightfall on the second date specified.

HolidayDates
Tzom Gedaliah Oct 2, 2019 W
Fast of the Seventh Month
Asara B'Tevet Jan 7, 2020 Tu
Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit Esther Mar 9, 2020 M
Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Apr 8, 2020 W
Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jul 9, 2020 Th
Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple
Tish'a B'Av , 2020 W‑Th
The Ninth of Av

Modern holidays

HolidayDates
Yom HaAliyah , 2019 M‑Tu
Recognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish State of Israel
Sigd , 2019 Tu‑W
Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur
Yom HaShoah , 2020 M‑Tu
Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron , 2020 M‑Tu
Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut , 2020 Tu‑W
Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim , 2020 Th‑F
Jerusalem Day

Special Shabbatot

HolidayDates
Shabbat Shuva , 2019 F‑Sa
Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
Shabbat Shirah , 2020 F‑Sa
Shabbat of Song
Shabbat Shekalim , 2020 F‑Sa
Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor , 2020 F‑Sa
Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah , 2020 F‑Sa
Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh , 2020 F‑Sa
Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol , 2020 F‑Sa
Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon , 2020 F‑Sa
Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu , 2020 F‑Sa
Shabbat after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Consolation)

Rosh Chodesh

HolidayDates
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan , 2019 M‑W
Start of month of Cheshvan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Kislev , 2019 W‑F
Start of month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tevet , 2019 F‑Su
Start of month of Tevet on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat , 2020 Su‑M
Start of month of Sh'vat on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Adar , 2020 M‑W
Start of month of Adar on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Nisan , 2020 W‑Th
Start of month of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar , 2020 Th‑Sa
Start of month of Iyyar on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan , 2020 Sa‑Su
Start of month of Sivan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz , 2020 Su‑Tu
Start of month of Tamuz on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Av , 2020 Tu‑W
Start of month of Av on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Elul , 2020 W‑F
Start of month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar