Jewish Holidays 2012-2013 (Hebrew year 5773)

Except for minor fasts, holidays begin at sundown on the first date specified and end at nightfall on the last date specified.
For example, if the dates for Rosh Hashana are listed as -, then the holiday begins at sundown on Sep 16 and ends at nightfall on Sep 18.

This page displays the Israel holiday schedule. The Diaspora schedule is used by Jews living outside of modern Israel.

Major holidays 5773  ✡️

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  🍏🍯 , 2012 Su‑Tu
1-2 Tishrei
The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur  ✡️ , 2012 Tu‑W
10 Tishrei
Day of Atonement
Sukkot  🌿🍋 , 2012 Su‑M *
, 2012 Tu‑Su
15-21 Tishrei
Feast of Booths
* These are the dates of observance in Israel.
The Diaspora observes a second festival day.
Shmini Atzeret  ✡️ , 2012 Su‑M *
22 Tishrei
Eighth Day of Assembly
Chanukah  🕎 , 2012 Sa‑Su
25 Kislev - 3 Tevet
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication
Pesach  🫓 , 2013 M‑Tu *
, 2013 W‑Su
, 2013 Su‑M
15-21 Nisan
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
* These are the dates of observance in Israel.
The Diaspora observes a second festival day.
Shavuot  ⛰️🌸 , 2013 Tu‑W *
6 Sivan
Festival of Weeks
* These are the dates of observance in Israel.
The Diaspora observes a second festival day.
Tish'a B'Av  ✡️ , 2013 M‑Tu
9 Av
The Ninth of Av
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Minor holidays 5773  ✡️

HolidayDates
Tu BiShvat  🌳 , 2013 F‑Sa
15 Sh'vat
New Year for Trees
Purim  🎭️📜 , 2013 Sa‑Su
14 Adar
Celebration of Jewish deliverance as told by Megilat Esther
Shushan Purim  🎭️📜 , 2013 Su‑M
15 Adar
Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Days of the Omer   , 2013 Tu‑Tu
16 Nisan - 5 Sivan
7 weeks from the second night of Pesach to the day before Shavuot
Pesach Sheni  ✡️ , 2013 Tu‑W
14 Iyyar
Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer  🔥 , 2013 Sa‑Su
18 Iyyar
33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'Av  ❤️ , 2013 Su‑M
15 Av
Minor Jewish holiday of love
Rosh Hashana LaBehemot  🐑 , 2013 Tu‑W
1 Elul
New Year for Tithing Animals
Leil Selichot  🕍 Aug 31, 2013 Sa
25 Elul
Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts 5773  ✡️

Minor fasts begin at dawn and end at nightfall.

Tish'a B'Av begins at sundown on the first date specified and ends at nightfall on the second date specified.

HolidayDates
Tzom Gedaliah   Sep 19, 2012 W
3 Tishrei
Fast of the Seventh Month
Asara B'Tevet   Dec 23, 2012 Su
10 Tevet
Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit Esther   Feb 21, 2013 Th
11 Adar
Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot   Mar 25, 2013 M
14 Nisan
Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz   Jun 25, 2013 Tu
17 Tamuz
Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple

Modern holidays 5773  🇮🇱

HolidayDates
Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day  🇮🇱 , 2012 Sa‑Su
12 Cheshvan
Commemorates the life of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Sigd  ✡️ , 2012 Tu‑W
29 Cheshvan
Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur
Ben-Gurion Day  🇮🇱 , 2012 M‑Tu
6 Kislev
Commemorates the life and vision of Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
Family Day  🇮🇱 , 2013 Sa‑Su
30 Sh'vat
Yom HaMishpacha, a day to honor the family unit, as a whole, and its centrality to our lives
Yom HaShoah  ✡️ , 2013 Su‑M
28 Nisan
Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron  🇮🇱 , 2013 Su‑M
5 Iyyar
Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut  🇮🇱 , 2013 M‑Tu
6 Iyyar
Israeli Independence Day
Herzl Day  🇮🇱 , 2013 Sa‑Su
11 Iyyar
Commemorates the life and vision of Zionist leader Theodor Herzl
Yom Yerushalayim  🇮🇱 , 2013 Tu‑W
28 Iyyar
Jerusalem Day
Jabotinsky Day  🇮🇱 , 2013 Sa‑Su
29 Tamuz
Commemorates the life and vision of Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky

Special Shabbatot 5773  🕍

HolidayDates
Shabbat Shuva   , 2012 F‑Sa
6 Tishrei
Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
Shabbat Shirah   , 2013 F‑Sa
15 Sh'vat
Shabbat of Song
Shabbat Shekalim   , 2013 F‑Sa
29 Sh'vat
Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor   , 2013 F‑Sa
13 Adar
Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah   , 2013 F‑Sa
20 Adar
Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh   , 2013 F‑Sa
27 Adar
Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol   , 2013 F‑Sa
12 Nisan
Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon   , 2013 F‑Sa
6 Av
Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu   , 2013 F‑Sa
13 Av
Shabbat after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Consolation)

Rosh Chodesh 5773  🌒

HolidayDates
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan   , 2012 M‑W
30 Tishrei - 1 Cheshvan
Start of month of Cheshvan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Kislev   , 2012 W‑Th
1 Kislev
Start of month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tevet   , 2012 Th‑F
1 Tevet
Start of month of Tevet on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat   , 2013 F‑Sa
1 Sh'vat
Start of month of Sh'vat on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Adar   , 2013 Sa‑M
30 Sh'vat - 1 Adar
Start of month of Adar on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Nisan   , 2013 M‑Tu
1 Nisan
Start of month of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar   , 2013 Tu‑Th
30 Nisan - 1 Iyyar
Start of month of Iyyar on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan   , 2013 Th‑F
1 Sivan
Start of month of Sivan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz   , 2013 F‑Su
30 Sivan - 1 Tamuz
Start of month of Tamuz on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Av   , 2013 Su‑M
1 Av
Start of month of Av on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Elul   , 2013 M‑W
30 Av - 1 Elul
Start of month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar