Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for Hebrew Year 5774. 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 sundown on Sep 20. Dates in bold are yom tov, so they have similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat in the sense that normal "work" is forbidden.

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Major holidays

HolidayDatesDescription
Rosh Hashana Sep 5-6, 2013 The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur Sep 14, 2013 Day of Atonement
Sukkot Sep 19-20, 2013
Sep 21-25, 2013
Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini Atzeret Sep 26, 2013 Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah Sep 27, 2013 Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah Nov 28-Dec 5, 2013 The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights
Purim Mar 16, 2014 Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
Pesach Apr 15-16, 2014
Apr 17-20, 2014
Apr 21-22, 2014
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot Jun 4-5, 2014 Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish'a B'Av Aug 5, 2014 The Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples

Minor holidays

HolidayDatesDescription
Tu BiShvat Jan 16, 2014 New Year for Trees
Purim Katan Feb 14, 2014 Minor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years
Shushan Purim Mar 17, 2014 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 May 14, 2014 Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag B'Omer May 18, 2014 33rd day of counting the Omer
Leil Selichot Sep 20, 2014 Prayers for forgivenes in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts

HolidayDatesDescription
Tzom Gedaliah Sep 8, 2013 Fast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah
Asara B'Tevet Dec 13, 2013 Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit Esther Mar 13, 2014 Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Apr 14, 2014 Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jul 15, 2014 Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar

Modern holidays

HolidayDatesDescription
Yom HaShoah Apr 28, 2014 Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron May 5, 2014 Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut May 6, 2014 Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim May 28, 2014 Jerusalem Day

Special Shabbatot

HolidayDatesDescription
Shabbat Shuva Sep 7, 2013 Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
Shabbat Shekalim Mar 1, 2014 Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor Mar 15, 2014 Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah Mar 22, 2014 Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh Mar 29, 2014 Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol Apr 12, 2014 Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon Aug 2, 2014 Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu Aug 9, 2014 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

HolidayDatesDescription
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Oct 4, 2013 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh Kislev Nov 3, 2013 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh Tevet Dec 3, 2013 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat Jan 2, 2014 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sh'vat
Rosh Chodesh Adar Jan 31, 2014 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh Adar II Mar 2, 2014 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar II (on leap years)
Rosh Chodesh Nisan Apr 1, 2014 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar Apr 30, 2014 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan May 30, 2014 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz Jun 28, 2014 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh Av Jul 28, 2014 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh Elul Aug 26, 2014 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Elul