Jewish Holidays 2020-2021 (Hebrew year 5781)

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 Sep 18 and ends at nightfall on Sep 20.

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

Major holidays 5781  ✡️

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
1-2 Tishrei
The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur  ✡️ , 2020 Su‑M
10 Tishrei
Day of Atonement
Sukkot  🌿🍋 , 2020 F‑Su
, 2020 M‑F
15-21 Tishrei
Feast of Booths
Shmini Atzeret  ✡️ , 2020 F‑Sa
22 Tishrei
Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah  ✡️ , 2020 Sa‑Su
23 Tishrei
Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah  🕎 , 2020 Th‑F
25 Kislev - 3 Tevet
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication
Pesach  🫓🍷 , 2021 Sa‑M
, 2021 Tu‑F
, 2021 F‑Su
15-22 Nisan
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot  ⛰️🌸 , 2021 Su‑Tu
6-7 Sivan
Festival of Weeks
Tish'a B'Av  ✡️ , 2021 Sa‑Su
9 Av
The Ninth of Av
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Minor holidays 5781  ✡️

HolidayDates
Tu BiShvat  🌳 , 2021 W‑Th
15 Sh'vat
New Year for Trees
Purim  🎭️📜 , 2021 Th‑F
14 Adar
Celebration of Jewish deliverance as told by Megilat Esther
Shushan Purim  🎭️📜 , 2021 F‑Sa
15 Adar
Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Purim Meshulash  ✡️ , 2021 Sa‑Su
16 Adar
Triple Purim, spanning 3 days in Jerusalem and walled cities
Days of the Omer   , 2021 Su‑Su
16 Nisan - 5 Sivan
7 weeks from the second night of Pesach to the day before Shavuot
Pesach Sheni  ✡️ , 2021 Su‑M
14 Iyyar
Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer  🔥 , 2021 Th‑F
18 Iyyar
33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'Av  ❤️ , 2021 F‑Sa
15 Av
Minor Jewish holiday of love
Rosh Hashana LaBehemot  🐑 , 2021 Su‑M
1 Elul
New Year for Tithing Animals
Leil Selichot  🕍 Aug 28, 2021 Sa
20 Elul
Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts 5781  ✡️

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
3 Tishrei
Fast of the Seventh Month
Asara B'Tevet   Dec 25, 2020 F
10 Tevet
Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit Esther   Feb 25, 2021 Th
13 Adar
Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot   Mar 25, 2021 Th
12 Nisan
Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz   Jun 27, 2021 Su
17 Tamuz
Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple

Modern holidays 5781  🇮🇱

HolidayDates
Yom HaAliyah School Observance  🇮🇱 Oct 25, 2020 Su
7 Cheshvan
Aliyah Day observed in Israeli schools
Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day  🇮🇱 , 2020 W‑Th
11 Cheshvan
Commemorates the life of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Ben-Gurion Day  🇮🇱 , 2020 Sa‑Su
6 Kislev
Commemorates the life and vision of Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
Family Day  🇮🇱 , 2021 Th‑F
30 Sh'vat
Yom HaMishpacha, a day to honor the family unit, as a whole, and its centrality to our lives
Herzl Day  🇮🇱 , 2021 W‑Th
10 Iyyar
Commemorates the life and vision of Zionist leader Theodor Herzl
Jabotinsky Day  🇮🇱 , 2021 Th‑F
29 Tamuz
Commemorates the life and vision of Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky
Sigd  ✡️ , 2020 Su‑M
29 Cheshvan
Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur
Yom HaAliyah  🇮🇱 , 2021 M‑Tu
10 Nisan
Recognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish State of Israel
Yom HaShoah  ✡️ , 2021 W‑Th
26 Nisan
Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron  🇮🇱 , 2021 Tu‑W
2 Iyyar
Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut  🇮🇱 , 2021 W‑Th
3 Iyyar
Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim  🇮🇱 , 2021 Su‑M
28 Iyyar
Jerusalem Day

Special Shabbatot 5781  🕍

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

Rosh Chodesh 5781  🌒

HolidayDates
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan   , 2020 Sa‑M
30 Tishrei - 1 Cheshvan
Start of month of Cheshvan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Kislev   , 2020 M‑Tu
1 Kislev
Start of month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tevet   , 2020 Tu‑W
1 Tevet
Start of month of Tevet on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat   , 2021 W‑Th
1 Sh'vat
Start of month of Sh'vat on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Adar   , 2021 Th‑Sa
30 Sh'vat - 1 Adar
Start of month of Adar on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Nisan   , 2021 Sa‑Su
1 Nisan
Start of month of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar   , 2021 Su‑Tu
30 Nisan - 1 Iyyar
Start of month of Iyyar on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan   , 2021 Tu‑W
1 Sivan
Start of month of Sivan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz   , 2021 W‑F
30 Sivan - 1 Tamuz
Start of month of Tamuz on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Av   , 2021 F‑Sa
1 Av
Start of month of Av on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Elul   , 2021 Sa‑M
30 Av - 1 Elul
Start of month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar