Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for Hebrew Year 5779. 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 10-11, 2018 The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur Sep 19, 2018 Day of Atonement
Sukkot Sep 24-25, 2018
Sep 26-30, 2018
Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini Atzeret Oct 1, 2018 Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah Oct 2, 2018 Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah Dec 3-10, 2018 The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights
Purim Mar 21, 2019 Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
Pesach Apr 20-21, 2019
Apr 22-25, 2019
Apr 26-27, 2019
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot Jun 9-10, 2019 Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish'a B'Av Aug 11, 2019 The Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples

Minor holidays

HolidayDatesDescription
Tu BiShvat Jan 21, 2019 New Year for Trees
Purim Katan Feb 19, 2019 Minor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years
Shushan Purim Mar 22, 2019 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 19, 2019 Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag B'Omer May 23, 2019 33rd day of counting the Omer
Leil Selichot Sep 21, 2019 Prayers for forgivenes in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts

HolidayDatesDescription
Tzom Gedaliah Sep 12, 2018 Fast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah
Asara B'Tevet Dec 18, 2018 Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit Esther Mar 20, 2019 Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Apr 19, 2019 Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jul 21, 2019 Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar

Modern holidays

HolidayDatesDescription
Yom HaShoah May 2, 2019 Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron May 8, 2019 Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut May 9, 2019 Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim Jun 2, 2019 Jerusalem Day

Special Shabbatot

HolidayDatesDescription
Shabbat Shuva Sep 15, 2018 Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
Shabbat Shekalim Mar 2, 2019 Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor Mar 16, 2019 Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah Mar 30, 2019 Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh Apr 6, 2019 Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol Apr 13, 2019 Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon Aug 10, 2019 Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu Aug 17, 2019 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 9, 2018 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh Kislev Nov 8, 2018 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh Tevet Dec 8, 2018 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat Jan 7, 2019 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sh'vat
Rosh Chodesh Adar Feb 5, 2019 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh Adar II Mar 7, 2019 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar II (on leap years)
Rosh Chodesh Nisan Apr 6, 2019 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar May 5, 2019 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan Jun 4, 2019 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz Jul 3, 2019 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh Av Aug 2, 2019 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh Elul Aug 31, 2019 Beginning of new Hebrew month of Elul