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Holidays at a Glance, 2016-17 (5777)

Major holidays

Dates in bold are yom tov.

HolidayDatesDescription
Rosh Hashana Oct 3-4, 2016 M‑Tu The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur Oct 12, 2016 W Day of Atonement
Sukkot Oct 17-18, 2016 M‑Tu
Sep 30-Oct 4, 2015 W‑Su
Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini Atzeret Oct 24, 2016 M Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah Oct 25, 2016 Tu Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah Dec 25, 2016-Jan 1, 2017 Su‑Su The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights
Purim Mar 12, 2017 Su
Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
Pesach Apr 11-12, 2017 Tu-W
Apr 13-16, 2017 Th-Su
Apr 17-18, 2017 M‑Tu
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot May 31-Jun 1, 2017 W-Th Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish'a B'Av Aug 1, 2017 Tu The Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples

Minor holidays

HolidayDatesDescription
Tu B'Shevat Feb 11, 2017 Sa New Year for Trees
Purim Katan   Minor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years
Shushan Purim Mar 13, 2017 M Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Days of the Omer   7 weeks from the second night of Pesach to the day before Shavuot
Pesach Sheni May 10, 2017 W Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag B'Omer May 14, 2017 Su 33rd day of counting the Omer
Leil Selichot Sep 16, 2017 Sa Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays
Tu B'Av Aug 7, 2017 M Jewish holiday of love, similar to Valentine's Day

Minor fasts

HolidayDatesDescription
Tzom Gedaliah Oct 5, 2016 W Fast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah
Asara B'Tevet Jan 8, 2017 W Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit Esther Mar 9, 2017 Th Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Apr 10, 2017 M Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jul 22, 2017 Tu Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple

Modern holidays

HolidayDatesDescription
Yom HaShoah Apr 24, 2017 M Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron May 1, 2017 M Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut May 2, 2017 Tu Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim May 24, 2017 W Jerusalem Day
Sigd Nov 30, 2016 W Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur

Special Shabbatot

HolidayDatesDescription
Shabbat Shuva Oct 8, 2016 Sa Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
Shabbat Shekalim Feb 25, 2017 Sa Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor Mar 11, 2017 Sa Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah Mar 18, 2017 Sa Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh Mar 25, 2017 Sa Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol Apr 8, 2017 Sa Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon Jul 29, 2017 Sa Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu Aug 5, 2017 Sa Shabbat after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Consolation)
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh   When Shabbat falls on Rosh Chodesh
Shabbat Machar Chodesh   When Shabbat falls the day before Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh

HolidayDatesDescription
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Nov 1, 2016 Tu Beginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh Kislev Dec 1, 2016 Th Beginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh Tevet Dec 30, 2016 F Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat Jan 28, 2017 Sa
Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sh'vat
Rosh Chodesh Adar Feb 26, 2017 Su Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh Adar II   Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar II (on leap years)
Rosh Chodesh Nisan Mar 28, 2017 Tu
Beginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar Apr 26, 2017 W Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan May 26, 2017 F Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz Jun 24, 2017 Sa Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh Av July 24, 2017 M Beginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh Elul Aug 22, 2016 Tu Beginning of new Hebrew month of Elul