Jewish Holidays 2020-2021

Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for Hebrew Year 5781. 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 18 and ends at nightfall on Sep 20.

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Major holidays

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 -, 2020
Yom Kippur
Sukkot -, 2020
-, 2020
Shmini Atzeret
Simchat Torah
Chanukah -, 2020
Purim
Pesach -, 2021
-, 2021
-, 2021
Shavuot -, 2021
Tish'a B'Av

Minor holidays

HolidayDates
Tu BiShvat
Purim Katan
Shushan Purim
Days of the Omer
Pesach Sheni
Lag B'Omer
Leil Selichot Aug 28, 2021

Minor fasts

HolidayDates
Tzom Gedaliah Sep 21, 2020
Asara B'Tevet Dec 25, 2020
Ta'anit Esther Feb 25, 2021
Ta'anit Bechorot Mar 25, 2021
Tzom Tammuz Jun 27, 2021

Modern holidays

HolidayDates
Yom HaShoah
Yom HaZikaron
Yom HaAtzma'ut
Yom Yerushalayim

Special Shabbatot

HolidayDates
Shabbat Shuva
Shabbat Shekalim
Shabbat Zachor
Shabbat Parah
Shabbat HaChodesh
Shabbat HaGadol
Shabbat Chazon
Shabbat Nachamu
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh
Shabbat Machar Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh

HolidayDates
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh Kislev
Rosh Chodesh Tevet
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat
Rosh Chodesh Adar
Rosh Chodesh Adar II
Rosh Chodesh Nisan
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh Av
Rosh Chodesh Elul