Jewish Holidays 2021

Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for 2021. 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 -, then the holiday begins at sundown on Sep 6 and ends at nightfall on Sep 8.

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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.

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

Minor holidays

HolidayDatesDescription
Tu BiShvat Th New Year for Trees
Shushan Purim Su Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Pesach Sheni M Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer F 33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'Av Sa Minor Jewish holiday of love
Leil Selichot Aug 28 Sa Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts

HolidayDatesDescription
Ta'anit Esther Feb 25 Th Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Mar 25 Th Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jun 27 Su Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple
Tish'a B'Av Su The Ninth of Av
Tzom Gedaliah Sep 9 Th Fast of the Seventh Month
Asara B'Tevet Dec 14 Tu Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem

Modern holidays

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

Special Shabbatot

HolidayDatesDescription
Shabbat Shirah Sa Shabbat of Song
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

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