jewish calendar 2021

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JEWISH CALENDAR 2021

Festivals and other dates of note

27 January 2021 International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Commemorates the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp complex by Soviet troops on this date in the secular calendar in 1945. More…

 

Sunset 27 January 2021 to nightfall 28 January 2021: Tu B’Shvat (‘New Year of Trees’).

It has developed into an ecological holiday that reminds Jews of our connection to the earth and to our role as caretakers of the environment. Some modern practices include donating money to plant trees in Israel or planting trees locally. More…

 

Dawn to dusk 25 February 2021: Fast of Esther.

Commemorates the three-day fast called at Esther's behest before she risked her life to appear unsummoned before her husband King Ahasuerus, head of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, in order to save the Jewish people from Haman's evil decree (see next item – Purim). More…

 

Sunset 25 February 2021 to nightfall 26 February 2021: Purim.

Commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, the royal vizier to King Ahasuerus. Haman was planning to kill all the Jews, as recounted in the Book of Esther, which is recited on the occasion. More…

 

Sunset 27 March 2021 to nightfall 4 April 2021: Pesach (Passover).

A pilgrimage festival - commemorates the salvation of the Israelites from the Angel of Death during the tenth plague visited upon the Egyptians, and the Israelite departure from Egypt. Many of the themes of the Christian Easter are derived from those of Pesach. More…

 

Sunset 8 April 2021 to nightfall 9 April 2021: Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day).

Commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. More…

 

8:00pm 13 April 2021 to sundown 14 April 2021: Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day).

Commemorates all the soldiers and people who lost their lives during the struggle to establish and defend the State of Israel. More…

Sundown 14 April 2021 to nightfall 15 April 2021: Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day). Commemorates the re-establishment of the Jewish commonwealth in Israel in 1948 after an interval of more than 1800 years. More…

 

Sundown 9 May 2021 to nightfall 10 May 2021: Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day).

Commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 after 19 years of division, and the restoration of all of Jerusalem to complete Jewish sovereignty after an interval of almost 1900 years. More…

 

Sundown 16 May 2021 to nightfall 18 May 2021: Shavuot.

A pilgrimage festival.  It marks the end of the counting of 50 days from the start of Passover, traditionally the time of the wheat harvest in Biblical Israel. Shavuot is sometimes called the Jewish Pentecost. The word Pentecost here refers to the count of fifty days after Passover. The Christian festival of Pentecost also has its origins in Shavuot. More…

 

Sundown 17 July 2021 to nightfall 18 July 2021: Tisha B’Av (9th day of the Hebrew month of Av). A fast day. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred about 655 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. Tisha B'Av is never observed on Shabbat. If the 9th of Av falls on a Saturday, the fast is postponed until the 10th of Av. More…

 

Sundown 23 July 2021 to nightfall 24 July 2021: Tu B’Av.

A minor holiday. In the days of the Temple in Jerusalem, it marked the beginning of the grape harvest. Considered an auspicious time for weddings. More…

 

Sundown 6 September 2021 to nightfall 8 September 2021: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year). A solemn occasion marking the beginning of the 10 days of repentance, and the beginning of the Jewish high Holyday season. More…

 

Dawn to dusk 9 September 2021: Fast of Gedaliah.

Laments the assassination of the righteous governor of Judah of that name, which ended Jewish rule following the destruction of the First Temple. More…

 

Sundown 15 September 2021 to nightfall 16 September 2021: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). A day of fasting and prayer, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Marks the end of the 10 days of repentance. More…

 

Sundown 20 September 2021 to nightfall 27 September 2021: Succot. The Feast of Tabernacles, or the Feast of Booths (huts).  A pilgrimage festival.  It commemorates the 40 years spent by the Israelites living in makeshift dwellings in the wilderness on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land of Israel. More…

 

Sundown 27 September 2021 to nightfall 29 September 2021: Shemini Atzeret (A day for assembly, or pause). The Hebrew word atzeret is generally translated as "assembly", but shares a linguistic root with the word atzor, meaning "stop" or "tarry". Shemini Atzeret is characterized as a day when the Jewish people "tarries" to spend an additional day with God at the end of Sukkot. More…

 

Sundown 28 September 2021 to nightfall 29 September 2021: Simchat Torah (Rejoicing in the Torah). Marks the end of the Jewish High Holyday season, and the completion of the annual cycle of reading from the 5 Books of Moses. A joyous festival. More…

 

Evening of 9 November 2021: Kristallnacht (‘The Night of Broken Glass’).  

The beginning of a State-sanctioned pogrom against the Jews of Germany and Austria in 1938. Considered by many as the beginning of the Nazi genocide against European Jewry. More…

 

Sundown 28 November 2021 to nightfall 6 December 2021: Hanukah (The Festival of Lights).

It commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. More…

 

29 November 2021 remembers the date on the secular calendar in 1947 when the UN General Assembly voted in favor of the partition of the Holy Land into a Jewish State and an Arab State. More…

 

30 November 2021. On this date Israel and the Jewish world remembers the fate of more than 850,000 Jews who were forced out of Arab countries and Iran in the 20th century. More…

 

Dawn to dusk 14 December 2021: Asara b'Tevet - the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tevet. See Ezekiel 24:2. A minor fast day. The fast commemorates the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylonia. More…