Jewish Holidays 2020

Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for 2020. 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.


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.

Purim Tu Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
Pesach - Th‑F
- Sa‑Tu
- W‑Th
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot - F‑Sa Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish'a B'Av Th The Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples
Rosh Hashana - Sa‑Su The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur M Day of Atonement
Sukkot - Sa‑Su
- M‑F
Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini Atzeret Sa Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah Su Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah - F‑F The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights

Minor holidays

Tu BiShvat M New Year for Trees
Shushan Purim W Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Pesach Sheni F Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer Tu 33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'Av W minor Jewish holiday of love, observed on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av
Leil Selichot Sep 12 Sa Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts

Asara B'Tevet Jan 7 Tu
Dec 25 F
Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit Esther Mar 9 M Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Apr 8 W Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jul 9 Th Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple
Tzom Gedaliah Sep 21 M Fast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah

Modern holidays

Yom HaShoah Tu Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron Tu Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut W Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim F Jerusalem Day
Yom HaAliyah Su Recognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish State of Israel
Sigd M Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur

Special Shabbatot

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

Rosh Chodesh

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