Holiday Calendars: Mo’edim and Holidays for 5780 – 5781 (2020 – 2021)

Shalom, everyone! The following is the Holiday Calendar for the ecclesiastical year beginning in the Spring on Rosh Chodesh First Month (Aviv) for the period 5780 – 5781 (2020 – 2021). For those observing the mo’edim and holidays according to the rabbinic Hebrew calendar, please visit to confirm these dates. All holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified in the tables below. For example, if the date for 1st of Aviv/Nisan was listed as March 26, then the holiday begins at sundown on March 25 and ends at nightfall on March 26

Dates in bold are yom tov (day of rest), so they have similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat (Sabbath) in the sense that normal “work” is forbidden:

Mo’ed/Holiday Gregorian Dates
(2020 – 2021)
(The Weekly Sabbath)
Weekly from Friday sundown to Saturday nightfall.
Rosh Chodesh Aviv, Nisan (First Month)
New Year for festivals, kings and trees!
Mar 26 2020 W
(14th of Aviv, Nisan)
Apr 8 2020 W (Preparation Day)
Chag HaMatzot
(Festival of Unleavened Bread)
(15th-21st of Aviv)
Apr 9 2020 Th (Chag HaMatzot Day 1)
Apr 10 – 14 2020 F-Tu (Chol Ha Moed)
Apr 15 2020 W (Chag HaMatzot Day 7)
Sefirat HaOmer
(Counting of the Omer)
Apr 12 – May 28 2020
Rosh Chodesh Ziv, Iyyar (Second Month) Apr 24 2020 F
Rosh Chodesh Mattan, Sivan (Third Month) May 24 2020 Su
(Festival of Weeks/Feast of First Fruits/Yom HaBikkurim)
(6th of Mattan/Sivan)
May 29 2020 F
Emancipation Day – USA
Jun 19 2020 F
Arrival of the Summer Solstice Jun 20 2020 Sa @ 05:43 PM EDT
Rosh Chodesh Zabah, Tamuz (Fourth Month) Jun 22 2020 W
Tzom HaRevi’i
(Fast of the Fourth Month)
(17th of Zabah, Tamuz)
Jul 9 2020 Th
Rosh Chodesh Karar, Av (Fifth Month) Jul 22 2020 W
Tzom HaChamishi
(Fast of the Fifth Month)
(9th of Karar, Av)
Jul 30 2020 Th
August Mawnin’
Emancipation Day – Former British Empire
Aug 1 2020 F
Rosh Chodesh Tsahim/Elul (Sixth Month) Aug 20 2020 Th
Yom Teruah
(Day of Blasting)
Rosh HaShanah
(“Head of the Year” from Creation)
Rosh Chodesh Ethanim/Tishrei (Seventh Month)
Civil year number increments by one (1)
Sep 19-20 2020 Sa-Su
Tzom HaShevi’i
(Fast of the Seventh Month)
(3rd of Ethanim, Tishrei)
Sep 21 2020 M
Arrival of the Autumnal (Fall) Equinox Sep 22 2020 Tu @ 09:30 AM EDT
Yom HaKippurim
(Day of Atonement)
(10th of Ethanim, Tishrei)
Sep 28 2020 M
(Festival of Booths)
(15th-21st of Ethanim, Tishrei)
2020 Sa (Sukkot Day 1)
2020 Su‑F (Chol HaMoed)
Shemini Atzeret
(Eighth Day of Assembly)
(22nd of Ethanim, Tishrei)
Rosh Chodesh Bul, Cheshvan (Eighth Month) Oct 18 2020 Su
Nov 16 2020 M
Rosh Chodesh Marpa’im, Kislev (Ninth Month) Nov 17 2020 Tu
(Festival of Dedication/Lights)
(25th of Marpa’im, Kislev – 2nd of Pagrim/Tevet)
Dec 11-18 2020 F-F
Rosh Chodesh Pagrim, Tevet (Tenth Month) Dec 16 2020 W
Arrival of the Winter Solstice Dec 21 2020 M 05:02 AM EST
Tzom HaAsiri
(Fast of the Tenth Month)
(10th of Pagrim, Tevet)
Dec 25 2020 F
Rosh Chodesh Pe’ulot, Shevat (Eleventh Month) Jan 14 2021 Th
Rosh Chodesh Hayir, Adar (Twelfth Month) Feb 12 2021 F
(Festival of Lots)
(14th of Hayir, Adar)
Feb 26 2021 F
Last day of the Ecclesiastical Year! Mar 13 2021 Sa

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