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Jewish Festival Calendar 2019

The Jews or Jewish people represent an ethno religious group, whose ethnicity, nationality and religion are closely interlinked. The traditional faith of the Jewish nation is Judaism. There are 13.2 million Jews worldwide, according to the Jewish agency for Israel. While 5.4 million Jews are based in their homeland Israel, a thumping 5.3 million Jews are situated in the U.S. and their remaining population is distributed around the world in different sizes of communities.

According to the Hebrew Bible, The Land of Israel is the promised homeland to Jews by God. Festive holidays are an integral part of the Jewish life, just as in the case of any other community across the world. Festive rituals and traditions have kept the Jewish identity and history alive since ages. They contribute to their sense of community and belonging, apart from serving as reminders of significant historic events.

Most of the Jewish festivals can trace their roots and origin to important religious happenings, which contributed to their evolvement as a religious community. These festivals are related to religious events dating back to historic times. The most important Jewish festivals are the Sabbath – when Jews are forbidden to work and the three pilgrimage festivals – Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. Of the three, Passover signifies the freedom of Jews from their enslavement by Egyptians, while Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to Moses and the Israelite at Mount Sinai. Sukkot is one of the three biblical pilgrim festivals, when it was traditional for Jews to visit the Temple in Jerusalem. The other main festivals of the Jews are the two holy days – Rosh Hashanah, commonly referred to as the Jewish New Year; and Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement. Hanukkah is another major Jewish festival, which extends over a week, like Passover.

Jewish Festival Calendar 2019

January 2019
20, Friday ~ Saturday, January 21 Tu B’Shevat
March 2019
20, Saturday ~ Sunday, March 21 Purim
31, Sunday Mothering Sunday
April 2019
19, Friday ~ Saturday, April 27 Passover
18, Saturday ~ Sunday, April 19 Second Passover
May 2019
22, Wednesday ~ Thursday, May 23 Lag B’Omer
June 2019
08, Saturday ~ Monday, June 10 Shavuot
July 2019
20, Saturday, July ~ Saturday, August 10 The Three Weeks
August 2019
15, Thursday The 15th of Av
September 2019
29, Sunday, September ~ Tuesday, October 01 Rosh Hashanah
08, Tuesday ~ Wednesday, October 09 Yom Kippur
October 2019
13, Sunday ~ Sunday, Oct 20 Sukkot
20, Sunday ~ Monday, Oct 21 Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
December 2018
02, Sunday ~ Monday, December 10 Hanukkah

 

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