Jewish Holidays 2016

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 Oct 2 and ends at nightfall on Oct 4.

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

Major holidays 2016  ✡️

Dates in bold are yom tov, so they have similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat in the sense that normal “work” is forbidden.

HolidayDates
Pesach  🫓 F‑Sa *
Su‑Th
Th‑F
15-21 Nisan 5776
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
* These are the dates of observance in Israel.
The Diaspora observes a second festival day.
Shavuot  ⛰️🌸 Sa‑Su *
6 Sivan 5776
Festival of Weeks
* These are the dates of observance in Israel.
The Diaspora observes a second festival day.
Rosh Hashana  🍏🍯 Su‑Tu
1-2 Tishrei 5777
The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur  ✡️ Tu‑W
10 Tishrei 5777
Day of Atonement
Sukkot  🌿🍋 Su‑M *
Tu‑Su
15-21 Tishrei 5777
Feast of Booths
* These are the dates of observance in Israel.
The Diaspora observes a second festival day.
Shmini Atzeret  ✡️ Su‑M *
22 Tishrei 5777
Eighth Day of Assembly
Chanukah  🕎 Sa‑Su
25 Kislev - 3 Tevet 5777
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication
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Minor holidays 2016  ✡️

HolidayDates
Tu BiShvat  🌳 Su‑M
15 Sh'vat 5776
New Year for Trees
Purim Katan  🎭️ M‑Tu
14 Adar I 5776
Minor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years
Purim  🎭️📜 W‑Th
14 Adar II 5776
Celebration of Jewish deliverance as told by Megilat Esther
Shushan Purim  🎭️📜 Th‑F
15 Adar II 5776
Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Days of the Omer   Sa‑Sa
16 Nisan - 5 Sivan 5776
7 weeks from the second night of Pesach to the day before Shavuot
Pesach Sheni  ✡️ Sa‑Su
14 Iyyar 5776
Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer  🔥 W‑Th
18 Iyyar 5776
33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'Av  ❤️ Th‑F
15 Av 5776
Minor Jewish holiday of love
Rosh Hashana LaBehemot  🐑 Sa‑Su
1 Elul 5776
New Year for Tithing Animals
Leil Selichot  🕍 Sep 24 Sa
21 Elul 5776
Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts 2016  ✡️

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
Ta'anit Esther   Mar 23 W
13 Adar II 5776
Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot   Apr 22 F
14 Nisan 5776
Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz   Jul 24 Su
18 Tamuz 5776
Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple
Tish'a B'Av  ✡️ Sa‑Su
10 Av 5776
The Ninth of Av
Tzom Gedaliah   Oct 5 W
3 Tishrei 5777
Fast of the Seventh Month

Modern holidays 2016  🇮🇱

HolidayDates
Yom HaShoah  ✡️ W‑Th
27 Nisan 5776
Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron  🇮🇱 Tu‑W
3 Iyyar 5776
Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut  🇮🇱 W‑Th
4 Iyyar 5776
Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim  🇮🇱 Sa‑Su
28 Iyyar 5776
Jerusalem Day
Yom HaAliyah School Observance  🇮🇱 Tu
7 Cheshvan 5777
Aliyah Day observed in Israeli schools
Sigd  ✡️ Tu‑W
29 Cheshvan 5777
Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur

Special Shabbatot 2016  🕍

HolidayDates
Shabbat Shirah   F‑Sa
13 Sh'vat 5776
Shabbat of Song
Shabbat Shekalim   F‑Sa
25 Adar I 5776
Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor   F‑Sa
9 Adar II 5776
Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah   F‑Sa
23 Adar II 5776
Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh   F‑Sa
1 Nisan 5776
Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol   F‑Sa
8 Nisan 5776
Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon   F‑Sa
9 Av 5776
Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu   F‑Sa
16 Av 5776
Shabbat after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Consolation)
Shabbat Shuva   F‑Sa
6 Tishrei 5777
Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)

Rosh Chodesh 2016  🌒

HolidayDates
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat   Su‑M
1 Sh'vat 5776
Start of month of Sh'vat on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Adar I   M‑W
30 Sh'vat - 1 Adar I 5776
Start of month of Adar I (on leap years) on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Adar II   W‑F
30 Adar I - 1 Adar II 5776
Start of month of Adar II (on leap years) on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Nisan   F‑Sa
1 Nisan 5776
Start of month of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar   Sa‑M
30 Nisan - 1 Iyyar 5776
Start of month of Iyyar on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan   M‑Tu
1 Sivan 5776
Start of month of Sivan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz   Tu‑Th
30 Sivan - 1 Tamuz 5776
Start of month of Tamuz on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Av   Th‑F
1 Av 5776
Start of month of Av on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Elul   F‑Su
30 Av - 1 Elul 5776
Start of month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan   M‑W
30 Tishrei - 1 Cheshvan 5777
Start of month of Cheshvan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Kislev   W‑Th
1 Kislev 5777
Start of month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tevet   Th‑F
1 Tevet 5777
Start of month of Tevet on the Hebrew calendar