There are over 20 Jewish holidays celebrated around the year and knowing them in advance can make planning for these holidays easier. All these holidays are observed according to the Hebrew calendar which is the official calendar of Israel. Some of these holidays forbid working whereas others may allow working partially or completely. From Hanukkah to Passover, this article presents the list of all important Jewish Holidays 2023. Details related to the major holidays have been discussed as well. Keep reading to find out more.
List of important Jewish Holidays in 2023
Check out the list of all the important festivals of Jews falling in the year 2023 along with their corresponding day and date in the table below.
|Holiday||Start Date||End Date||Work permission|
|Fast of Tevet 10||Tuesday, January 3, 2023 (sunrise)||Tuesday, January 3, 2023 (nightfall)||Permitted|
|15 Shevat||Monday, February 6, 2023||——–||Permitted|
|Tu Bishvat||Sunday, February 5, 2023 (sunset)||Monday, February 6, 2023 (evening)||——–|
|Purim||Monday, March 6, 2023 (sunset)||Tuesday, March 7, 2023 (evening)||Generally avoided|
|Passover||Wednesday, April 5, 2023 (sunset)||Thursday, April 13, 2023 (evening)||Permitted (except the first and last 2 days)|
|Yom Hashoah||Monday, April 17, 2023 (sunset)||Tuesday, April 18, 2023 (evening)||——–|
|Yom Hazikaron||Monday, April 24, 2023 (sunset)||Tuesday, April 25, 2023 (evening)||——–|
|Yom Ha’atzmaut||Tuesday, April 25, 2023 (sunset)||Wednesday, April 26, 2023 (evening)||——–|
|Second Passover||Friday, May 5, 2023||——–||Permitted|
|Lag BaOmer||Monday, May 8, 2023 (sunset)||Tuesday, May 9, 2023 (evening)||Permitted|
|Yom Yerushalayim||Thursday, May 18, 2023 (sunset)||Friday, May 19, 2023 (evening)||——–|
|Shavuot||Thursday, May 25, 2023 (sunset)||Saturday, May 27, 2023 (evening)||Not permitted|
|The Three Weeks||Thursday, July 6, 2023||Thursday, July 27, 2023||Permitted (except Shabbat)|
|Tisha B’Av||Wednesday, July 26, 2023 (sunset)||Thursday, July 27, 2023 (evening)||——–|
|The 15th of Av||Wednesday, August 2, 2023||——–||Permitted|
|Rosh Hashanah||Friday, September 15, 2023 (sunset)||Sunday, September 17, 2023 (evening)||Not permitted|
|Yom Kippur||Sunday, September 24, 2023 (sunset)||Monday, September 25, 2023 (evening)||Not permitted|
|Sukkot||Friday, September 29, 2023 (sunset)||Friday, October 6, 2023 (evening)||Permitted (except the first 2 days)|
|Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah||Friday, October 6, 2023 (sunset)||Sunday, October 8, 2023 (evening)||Not permitted|
|Sigd||Sunday, November 12, 2023 (sunset)||Monday, November 13, 2023 (evening)||——–|
|Hanukkah||Thursday, December 7, 2023 (sunset)||Friday, December 15, 2023 (evening)||Permitted (except Shabbat)|
|Fast of Tevet 10||Friday, December 22, 2023 (sunrise)||Friday, December 22, 2023 (nightfall)||Permitted|
Major Jewish Holidays 2023
Check out interesting details about some of the major holidays of Jews falling in 2023:
Check Important Days in 2023
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
Rosh Hashanah is the new year festival of the Jews and is one of their major holidays. Rosh means head in Hebrew and shana means year, thus Rosh HaShanah meaning “head of the year”. The holiday begins a ten-day period of penitence ultimately leading to the festival of Yom Kippur. The festival is also the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. In 2023, Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated on September 15.
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
Yom Kippur is the holiest festival of Jews and is focused on atonement and repentance of one’s sins. Yom means “day” in Hebrew and Kippuris is translated to “atonement”, thus its named Day of Atonement. Jews observe this day by following practices such as full fasting, intensive prayer, ascetic behavior and sin confessions. Yom Kippur is one of the two components of the “High Holy Days” of Judaism, the other being Rosh HaShanah.
Passover (Festival of Freedom)
Also known as Pesach, Passover, is an important Jewish holiday that celebrates the escape of Israelites from slavery in Egypt. It begins every year on the 15th day of the month of Nisan and normally falls in March or April of the Gregorian calendar. There is a tradition on Passover where families to gather on the first night of the festival for a special dinner called a seder.
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Hanukkah (Festival of Lights)
Hanukkah, also known as Jewish festival of lights, celebrates the recovery of Jerusalem and is observed for eight nights and days. The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum which has nine branches and is commonly called a menorah or hanukkiah. The name “Hanukkah” derives from a Hebrew verb meaning “to dedicate”. Hanukkah is usually observed from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.
Sukkot (Festival of Thanksgiving)
Sukkot is a Torah-commanded holiday celebrated as a full festival with special prayer services and holiday meals. It is observed for seven days and is one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals. The festival shares similarities with older Canaanite new-year/harvest festivals, which included a seven-day celebration with sacrifices. In 2023, Sukkot will be observed on September 29.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yom Kippur is one of the biggest festivals of Jews
No work is permitted during Shavuot.