Jewish Holidays 2011-2012

Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for Hebrew Year 5772 (2011-2012). 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 28 and ends at nightfall on Sep 30.

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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
Rosh Hashana , 2011 Th‑F The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur Sa Day of Atonement
Sukkot , 2011 Th‑F
, 2011 Sa‑W
Feast of Booths
Shmini Atzeret Th Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah F Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah , 2011 W‑W Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication
Purim Th Celebration of Jewish deliverance as told by Megilat Esther
Pesach , 2012 Sa‑Su
, 2012 M‑Th
, 2012 F‑Sa
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot , 2012 Su‑M Festival of Weeks

Minor holidays

HolidayDatesDescription
Tu BiShvat W New Year for Trees
Shushan Purim F Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Pesach Sheni Su Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer Th 33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'Av F Minor Jewish holiday of love
Leil Selichot Sep 8, 2012 Sa Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts

HolidayDatesDescription
Tzom Gedaliah Oct 2, 2011 Su Fast of the Seventh Month
Asara B'Tevet Jan 5, 2012 Th Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit Esther Mar 7, 2012 W Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Apr 6, 2012 F Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jul 8, 2012 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

Modern holidays

HolidayDatesDescription
Sigd Sa Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur
Yom HaShoah Th Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron W Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut Th Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim Su Jerusalem Day

Special Shabbatot

HolidayDatesDescription
Shabbat Shuva Sa Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
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)

Rosh Chodesh

HolidayDatesDescription
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan F Beginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh Kislev Su Beginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh Tevet M Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat W Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sh'vat
Rosh Chodesh Adar Th Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh Nisan Sa Beginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar Su Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan Tu Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz W Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh Av F Beginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh Elul Sa Beginning of new Hebrew month of Elul