Jewish Holiday 2017


Rosh Hashanah Calendaris Jewish calendar. Jewish New Year falls in the month of Tishri i.e. the seventh month and it is in this month when the year number increases.

The Jewish first month is Nissan—in spring and Passover occurs in this month.

Rosh Hashanah or Jewish calendar adopted the names of the month during the time of Ezra, after returning from Babylonian exile. Hence, the names are actually Babylonian month names. The time from the first major festival, Passover in Nissan to the last major festival, Sukkot in Tishri is always the same.


4-Year Jewish Holidays Calendar


Holiday Name
 Secular Year 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018- 2019
Jewish Year Hebrew Date 5776 5777 5778 5779
Rosh Hashanah 1-2 Tishrei  Sep. 14-15  Oct. 3-4  Sep. 21-22 Sep. 10-11
Tzom Gedaliah  3 Tishrei Sep. 16  Oct. 5 Sep. 24 Sep. 12
Yom Kippur 10 Tishrei  Sep. 23 Oct. 12 Sep. 30
Sukkot 15-20 Tishrei Sep. 28-Oct. 4 Oct. 17-23 Oct. 5-11
Hoshanah Rabbah 21 Tishrei Oct. 4 Oct. 23  Oct. 11 Sep. 30
Shemini Atzeret  22 Tishrei Oct. 5 Oct. 24 Oct. 12
Simchat Torah 23 Tishrei Oct. 6 Oct. 25  Oct. 13 Oct. 2
Hanukkah 25 Kislev-2 Tevet Dec. 7-14  Dec. 25- Jan.1 Dec. 13-20 -
Asarah be-Tevet  10 Tevet Dec. 22 Jan. 8 Dec. 28 Dec. 18
Tu Bishvat 15 Shevat Jan. 25 Feb. 11   Jan. 31 Jan. 21
Ta'anit (Fast of) Esther 13 Adar Mar. 23 March 9 Feb. 28 Mar. 20
Purim 14 Adar Mar. 24 March 12 Mar. 1 Mar. 21
Passover 15-21 Nisan Apr. 23-30 April 11-18 March 31- Apr. 7
Yom Hashoah 27 Nisan May 5 April 23 Apr. 12
Yom Hazikaron 4 Iyar May 11 May 1 Apr.18 May 8
Yom Ha'atzmaut 5 Iyar May 12 May 2 Apr. 19 May 9
Lag Ba'omer 18 Iyar May 26 May 14 May 3 May 23
Yom Yerushalayim 28 Iyar June 5 May 24 May 13 June 2
Shavuot 6-7 Sivan June 12-13 May 31-June 1  May 20-21 June 9-10
Tzom Shiva Asar B'Tammuz 17 Tammuz July 24 July 11 July 1 July 21
Tisha B'Av 9 Av Aug. 14 Aug. 1 July 22 Aug. 11

 

The different months of Rosh Hashanah Calendar according to their occurrence from beginning to end:

Major Holidays

Holiday Year 2015 - 2016 Year 2016 - 2017
Rosh Hashana Sep 14 - 15, 2015 Oct 2 - 4, 2016
Yom Kippur Sep 23, 2015 Oct 12, 2016
Sukkot Sep 28-29, 2015 Oct 17-18, 2016
Shmini Atzeret Oct 24, 2016
Simchat Torah Oct 25, 2016
Chanukah Dec 25-Jan 1,2017
Purim Mar 12, 2017
Pesach Apr 23- May 10, 2017
Shavuot Jun 12- May 31, 2017
Tish'a B'Av Aug 1, 2017

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Jewish Holiday Dates

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Jewish Holidays in 2017

The Jewish calendar includes a number of holidays throughout the year. So, the Jews celebrate a variety of festive occasions that add joy and happiness to their life. Read below to find the list of Jewish Holiday 2017 and find out why each such occasion is significant.


Tu B'Shevat:

  • This festival is observed on the 15th day of the month of Shevat in Jewish calendar. It is celebrated as the “New Year for Trees.
  • Tu B'Shevat marks that time of the year when the earliest-blooming trees start bearing fruits again. The date for Tu B'Shevat 2017 began in the evening of Friday, February 10 and ended in the evening of Saturday, February 11
  • The Jews celebrate this festival by eating fruits like olives, pomegranates, dates, etc. They also plant trees on Tu B'Shevat. Even though Tu B'Shevat is a holiday, yet the Jews are permitted to work on this day.

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Fast of Esther:
  • This is an occasion when the Jews observe a 3-day fast under the command of Esther who risked her life to protect the Jews from the evil decree of Haman.
  • This fast starts from the 13th day of the month of Adar in the Hebrew or Jewish calendar. Just in case the fast falls on Shabbat (Saturday), the Jews observe it on the preceding Thursday. In 2017, Thursday, March 9.
  • During this fast, the Jews are not permitted to take food and drink from sunrise to nightfall. Work is permitted on this special day.

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    Purim:
  • Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the day when the Jews in the Persian Empire could stay away from death, as mentioned in the Book of Esther.
  • Purim is usually celebrated on the 14th day of Adar. The date for Purim 2017 began in the evening of Saturday, March 11 and ended in the evening of Sunday, March 12.
  • The Jews celebrate Purim through public readings of the book of Esther and giving food and money to the poor. They also send Purim greeting cards and gifts to their dear ones.
  • There's also a grand feast with costume contest held to celebrate this occasion. The Jews are not allowed to work on this festive occasion.

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Shushan Purim:
  • Shushan Purim is the day after Purim, which is celebrated to commemorate the day when the Jews of Shushan (capital of Persia) took rest from war after they had defeated their enemies.
  • It is observed on the 15th day of Adar. However, in spite of being a holiday, Jews are permitted to work if they want.
  • On Shushan Purim, the Jews avoid the Tachanun prayer and organize a grand meal unlike they may have on other days. The date for Purim 2017 begins Mar 11.

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Passover:
  • The 8-day festival of Passover is observed by the Jews to celebrate the freedom gained by ancient Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Passover 2017 began in the evening of Monday, April 10 and ended in the evening of Tuesday, April 18
  • Passover is divided into 2 parts. The first 2 days and last 2 days are observed as complete holidays when people celebrate with grand meals. They avoid work on these days. However, they are allowed to work on the 4 days in between.
  • The Jews also don't drive on this occasion. They light candles at night during Passover. The Jews avoid eating any food or drink that has even a small amount of barley, wheat, oats, or rye.

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Shavuot:
  • Shavout is observed to celebrate the day when God gifted the Torah (religious books) to the Jews on Mount Sinai in ancient times.
  • Shavout means ‘weeks”. Shavuot 2017 began in the evening of Tuesday, May 30 and ended in the evening of Thursday, June 1.

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Fast of the 17th of Tammuz:
  • Jewish holiday is observed to remember the day when the walls of Jerusalem were broken before the Second Temple was destroyed
  • It is observed on the 17th day of the month of Tammuz in Jewish calendar. In 2017, Tue, 11 July 2017 at dawn (19th of Tamuz, 5777) .
  • This Jewish holiday indicates the beginning of the 3-week period when the Jews mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
  • dawn to dusk, people observe a fast on this day and avoid eating and drinking completely. Work is permitted on this day.

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Rosh Hashanah:
  • This is one of the widely observed holidays in Jewish calendar. It marks the new year of the Jewish people
  • It is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd days of Tishrei. Rosh Hashanah 2017 begins in the evening of Wednesday, September 20 and ends in the evening of Friday, September 22 .
  • The primary observance on this day is the blowing of ram's horn or shofar. The Jews also celebrate by eating apples dipped in honey, which symbolizes their willingness to have a sweet and happy new year ahead. Work is not allowed on this day.

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Fast of Gedaliah:
  • This Jewish holiday is observed on the 3rd day of Tishrei. In 2017, the Fast of Gedaliah will be conducted on Oct 5.
  • This holiday commemorates the killing of Gedaliah, the official who was responsible to look after the Jews in Judah. People observe a fast from sunrise to sunset on this day
  • In addition, they offer prayers and spend time in biblical readings.
  • Work is permitted on this day.

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Yom Kippur:
  • This Jewish holiday falls on the 10th day of the month of Tishrei.
  • The Jews consider this occasion as the holiest day of the year. They believe that God inscribes each person's fate for the next year on Rosh Hashanah and seals it on Yom Kippur.
  • The Jews observe this day with fasting and rigorous prayers. Yom Kippur starts Oct 12. No work will be allowed to be done on this Jewish Holiday

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Sukkot:
  • This Jewish holiday is observed on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei.
  • It is one of the three famous festivals when the Jews are instructed to conduct a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and visit the Holy Temple located there.
  • Sukkot 2017 begins in the evening of Wednesday, October 4 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, October 11
  • The Jews are not permitted to work from October 8-15. However, work is allowed on October 16-19 with some limitations.
  • On this special occasion, the Jews send Sukkot cards to their dear ones to convey their warm wishes.

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Hoshanah Rabbah:
  • The Jewish holiday of Hoshanah Rabbah falls on the 7th and last day of Sukkot
  • The beating of the willow branch is performed on this day. On this festive occasion, seven circuits are made by the Jews with their lulav (closed frond of a date palm tree) and etrog (yellow citron or Citrus medica).
  • The congregation recites the Hoshanot (certain prayers of the Jews) on this day. In 2017, Hoshanah Rabbah falls on October 23. Work may be allowed with some limitations on this day.

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Shemini Atzeret:
  • It is a Jewish holiday that follows the festival of Sukkot.
  • This is the day when the rainy season following the harvest in Israel starts. Praying for rains is the primary ritual followed during this time of the year.
  • This festival will be observed on the sunset of October 24. The Jews are not permitted to work on this day.

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Simchat Torah:
  • It is a Jewish holiday that makes the ending of one cycle of the public readings of Torah and the starting of another cycle. It is celebrated on the 22nd day of the month of Tishrei in Israel and the 23rd day of the same month outside Israel.
  • No work is permitted on this day. In 2017, this Jewish holiday starts from the nightfall of Oct 12.

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Chanukah:
  • This is the Jewish festival of rededication.
  • It is also called the festival of lights. It goes on for a period of 8 days, starting on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.
  • This Jewish holiday is often considered as the Jewish Christmas because it involves similar traditions as followed in Christmas celebrations.
  • Chanukah 2017 Dec 12-20, 2017 The Jews are allowed to work on this holiday.
  • A special observance of this festival is the lighting of 9 candles on a candelabrum known as menorah. One candle is lighted on each night of Chanukah.
  • A single candle is placed and lighted at a certain height. Work is permitted on every day except one day known as Shabbat.