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
Pesach - Th‑F
- Sa‑Tu
- W‑Th
Shavuot - F‑Sa
Tish'a B'Av Th
Rosh Hashana - Sa‑Su
Yom Kippur M
Sukkot - Sa‑Su
- M‑F
Shmini Atzeret Sa
Simchat Torah Su
Chanukah - F‑F

Minor holidays

Tu BiShvat M
Shushan Purim W
Pesach Sheni F
Lag BaOmer Tu
Tu B'Av W
Leil Selichot Sep 12 Sa

Minor fasts

Asara B'Tevet Jan 7 Tu
Dec 25 F
Ta'anit Esther Mar 9 M
Ta'anit Bechorot Apr 8 W
Tzom Tammuz Jul 9 Th
Tzom Gedaliah Sep 21 M

Modern holidays

Yom HaShoah Tu
Yom HaZikaron Tu
Yom HaAtzma'ut W
Yom Yerushalayim F
Yom HaAliyah Su
Sigd M

Special Shabbatot

Shabbat Shekalim Sa
Shabbat Zachor Sa
Shabbat Parah Sa
Shabbat HaChodesh Sa
Shabbat HaGadol Sa
Shabbat Chazon Sa
Shabbat Nachamu Sa
Shabbat Shuva Sa

Rosh Chodesh

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