Jewish Holidays 2020-2021

Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for Hebrew Year 5781. 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.

Rosh Hashana -, 2020 Sa‑Su
Yom Kippur M
Sukkot -, 2020 Sa‑Su
-, 2020 M‑F
Shmini Atzeret Sa
Simchat Torah Su
Chanukah -, 2020 F‑F
Purim F
Pesach -, 2021 Su‑M
-, 2021 Tu‑F
-, 2021 Sa‑Su
Shavuot -, 2021 M‑Tu
Tish'a B'Av Su

Minor holidays

Tu BiShvat Th
Purim Katan
Shushan Purim Su
Days of the Omer
Pesach Sheni M
Lag BaOmer F
Tu B'Av Sa
Leil Selichot Aug 28, 2021 Sa

Minor fasts

Tzom Gedaliah Sep 21, 2020 M
Asara B'Tevet Dec 25, 2020 F
Ta'anit Esther Feb 25, 2021 Th
Ta'anit Bechorot Mar 25, 2021 Th
Tzom Tammuz Jun 27, 2021 Su

Modern holidays

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

Special Shabbatot

Shabbat Shuva Sa
Shabbat Shekalim Sa
Shabbat Zachor Sa
Shabbat Parah Sa
Shabbat HaChodesh Sa
Shabbat HaGadol Sa
Shabbat Chazon Sa
Shabbat Nachamu Sa
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh
Shabbat Machar Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh

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