Jewish Holidays 2020-2021

Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for Hebrew Year 5781 (2020-2021). Each holiday page includes a brief overview of special observances and customs, and any special Torah readings.

Except for minor fasts, holidays begin at sundown on the date specified in the tables below. For example, if the dates for Rosh Hashana are listed as -, then the holiday begins at sundown on Sep 18 and ends at nightfall on Sep 20.

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Major holidays

Holidays begin at sundown on the first date specified and end at nightfall on the last 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.

HolidayDates
Rosh Hashana , 2020 F‑Su
The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur , 2020 Su‑M
Day of Atonement
Sukkot , 2020 F‑Su
, 2020 M‑F
Feast of Booths
Shmini Atzeret , 2020 F‑Sa
Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah , 2020 Sa‑Su
Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah , 2020 Th‑F
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication
Pesach , 2021 Sa‑M
, 2021 Tu‑Th
, 2021 F‑Su
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot , 2021 Su‑Tu
Festival of Weeks

Minor holidays

HolidayDates
Tu BiShvat , 2021 W‑Th
New Year for Trees
Purim , 2021 Th‑F
Celebration of Jewish deliverance as told by Megilat Esther
Shushan Purim , 2021 Sa‑Su
Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Pesach Sheni , 2021 Su‑M
Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer , 2021 Th‑F
33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'Av , 2021 F‑Sa
Minor Jewish holiday of love
Rosh Hashana LaBehemot , 2021 Su‑M
New Year for Tithing Animals
Leil Selichot Aug 28, 2021 Sa
Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts

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 21, 2020 M
Fast of the Seventh Month
Asara B'Tevet Dec 25, 2020 F
Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit Esther Feb 25, 2021 Th
Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Mar 25, 2021 Th
Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jun 27, 2021 Su
Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple
Tish'a B'Av , 2021 Sa‑Su
The Ninth of Av

Modern holidays

HolidayDates
Yom HaAliyah School Observance , 2020 Su
Aliyah Day observed in Israeli schools
Sigd , 2020 Su‑M
Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur
Yom HaAliyah , 2021 M‑Tu
Recognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish State of Israel
Yom HaShoah , 2021 W‑Th
Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron , 2021 Tu‑W
Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut , 2021 W‑Th
Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim , 2021 Su‑M
Jerusalem Day

Special Shabbatot

HolidayDates
Shabbat Shuva , 2020 F‑Sa
Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
Shabbat Shirah , 2021 F‑Sa
Shabbat of Song
Shabbat Shekalim , 2021 F‑Sa
Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor , 2021 F‑Sa
Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah , 2021 F‑Sa
Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh , 2021 F‑Sa
Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol , 2021 F‑Sa
Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon , 2021 F‑Sa
Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu , 2021 F‑Sa
Shabbat after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Consolation)

Rosh Chodesh

HolidayDates
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan , 2020 Sa‑M
Start of month of Cheshvan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Kislev , 2020 M‑Tu
Start of month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tevet , 2020 Tu‑W
Start of month of Tevet on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat , 2021 W‑Th
Start of month of Sh'vat on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Adar , 2021 Th‑Sa
Start of month of Adar on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Nisan , 2021 Sa‑Su
Start of month of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar , 2021 Su‑Tu
Start of month of Iyyar on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan , 2021 Tu‑W
Start of month of Sivan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz , 2021 W‑F
Start of month of Tamuz on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Av , 2021 F‑Sa
Start of month of Av on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Elul , 2021 Sa‑M
Start of month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar