Major holidays, 2020

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.

Holiday Dates Description
Purim Tu Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
Pesach Th‑F
Sa‑Tu
W‑Th
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot F‑Sa Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish’a B’Av Th The Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples
Rosh Hashana Sa‑Su The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur M Day of Atonement
Sukkot Sa‑Su
M‑F
Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini Atzeret Sa Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah Su Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah F‑F The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights

Minor holidays

Holiday Dates Description
Tu BiShvat M New Year for Trees
Shushan Purim W Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Pesach Sheni F Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer Tu 33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B’Av W minor Jewish holiday of love, observed on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av