Jewish Calendar with major holidays

The Jewish Calendar 2020 or Year 5780 - Summary of the Seven Feasts and others

Note that for a Jew the dates do not change - for example Chanukkah is the 25th of Kislev (9th month). What does change is the day in relation to the sun, because the Jewish calendar is not in sync with the sun, and hence the date in respect to the Gregorian calendar (which most in the world uses) does change. In this table the date is the date of commencement of the feast/holiday at sunset.


Year 5780 (2020)




Sunset 9 March – nightfall 10 March


Esther 9

Celebration of the providence of God over his people on the eve of their planned destruction.

Sunset 8 April – nightfall 16 April

Passover (Pesach)

Leviticus 23:4-8
Deut 16:6
Exodus 6:6-7
Exodus 11-12

A people under bondage requiring rescuing:
The Lamb
The Blood
The Passover feast

Jesus Christ our Passover lamb

1 Cor 5:7
Heb 4:15
2 Cor 6:16

The antitype: Our Lamb Our priest, Our sacrifice

Unleavened Bread

Deut 16:3
1 Cor 5:7-8

Unleavened bread for 7 days
Feast for the redeemed
Old leaven and new
A type of the life of a believer – communion of saints

First fruits (the wave sheaf)

Lev 23:9-14
Num 18:12
Exodus 23:19

The first fruits of the harvest is the Lords
The land flowing with milk and honey
Type: Christ resurrected

Christ the First Fruits

1 Cor 15:20
1 Cor 15:23

What must we do to be saved ( Acts 16:30)
Hope in Jesus Christ, risen from amongst the dead
The sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice found in the sheaf of first fruits, waved

Sunset 28 May - nightfall 30 May

The feast of Weeks (Shavuot)

Leviticus 23:15-22
Ex 23:16
Num 28:26

The feast of weeks (festival of Revelation)
Two wave loaves
The leaven, but baked
The timing of the feast, a voluntary offering


Acts 2:1
Galatians 3:28
Acts 15:14
Rom 11:25

We are all one in Christ Jesus – there is neither Jew nor Greek…
The Holy Spirit
The mystery of God revealed in the Church
The present interval - Summer

Sunset 18 September – nightfall 20 September

The feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah)

Lev 23:24-25
Num 29:1
Isaiah 18:3
John 12:24
Acts 15:14
Rom 11:25

The present interval – the day of Grace.
A time of little rain.
Jews return to their land
The time to come – ever present with the Lord

A great sound of a Trumpet

Matt 24:31
1 Cor 15:51-52
1 Thess 4:16

The type - the day of rain, The type – trumpets
The awakening of Israel
The coming of the Lord

Sunset 27 September - nightfall 28 September

Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

Leviticus 16; 23:26-32
Numbers 29:7

The types in the atonement.
The holiest place
The sacrifices

Christ offered once

Hebrews 9:28
Hebrews 5, 7 & 10

Repentance of Jews
The superiority of Christ over the law
'Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world"

Sunset 2 October - nightfall 9 October

Tabernacles (Sukkot)

Deut 16:13
Lev 23:27
Matt 6:10
Rev 14:14-20

Millennium - a time of joy and rejoicing
The corn, The wine, The wrath of God

Sunset 9 October - nightfall 11 October

} Shemini Atzeret

} Other Jewish, non-sacred feasts e.g.
Rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem

} Simchat Torah

Sunset 10 December - nightfall 18 December


2020 dates from < >

Feast Cycle and Calendar arrangement

March/April May/June July Aug Sept/Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb
Early rain The long hot Summer Late rain        
Nisan Iyar Sivan Tamuz Ab Elul Tishrei Chesvan Kislev Tevet Shebat Adar
Abib Ziv Sivan Tammuz Av Elul Ethanim Bul Kislev Tebeth Shevat Adar
Passover (14)
Unleavened Bread (15-21)*
Firstfruits (16)
  Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) (6)*       Trumpets (Jewish New Year) (1)
Day of Atonement (10)
Tabernacles (15-21)*
() Gives the day of month the Feast commences (at sunset)
*All men had to attend in Jerusalem (Deut 1616, Ex 2314)
Some alternative names/spellings for the months of the Hebrew calendar

David L Simon 2015
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