Keeping track of special days on the horizon is made easy with a Jewish holiday calendar. The Jewish calendar featured here displays the high holidays and pilgrimage festivals for the next four years. The easy to use and read calendar can also be customized to include minor holidays, modern holidays or public fasts. The complimentary Jewish holiday calendar can be downloaded instantly below.
About the Jewish Calendar
Jewish festivals and holidays are based on three main sources: commandments, rabbinical mandate and modern Israeli history. Each year begins with Rosh Hashanah, which is known as the Jewish New Year, the Day of Memorial and the Day of Judgment. Rosh Hashanah also marks the start of a 10-day period before Yom Kippur, which is the “Day of Atonement.” Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the entire year for Jews.
The calendar featured here displays both Hebrew years and Gregorian years. Beginning with the Hebrew year 5773, the calendar runs through 5776. In Gregorian dates, the calendar runs from 2012-2016. The dates marked in italics on the calendar are “Yom Tov,” meaning traditional work on the marked dates is forbidden. The calendar template is also printable, meaning you can post it or hang it up anywhere to give you reminders of important future dates.
The following is a list of the major Jewish holidays that will take place during the Gregorian year 2013:
- Tu B’Shevat( “New Year of the Trees” an ecological day encouraging eco-awareness and is celebrated by planting trees)
- Purim ((A festival held to commemorate the defeat of Haman’s plot to massacre the Jews in the book of Esther.)
- Pesach (Passover ceremony held to celebrate the Jewish people being freed from slavery by God in Egypt.)
- Shavuot (“Festival of Weeks” commemorates the giving of the law, the Torah.)
- Tish’a B’Av (Fast Commemorating Destruction of Two Temples, a fasting day that commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples by the Babylonians and Romans.)
- Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year, marks the beginning of the 10 days of penitence, culminating in Yom Kippur.)
- Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement, one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar is signified as a day of prayer and repentance.)
- Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles, a festival held in autumn that commemorates the Israelites finding shelter in the wilderness.)
- Shmini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly, a holy day connected to Sukkot but a separate holiday in its own right.)
- Simchat Torah (Day of Celebrating the Torah, a holiday that marks the end of the annual Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle.)
- Chanukah (Jewish festival of Rededication/Festival of Lights, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the rededication of the Second Holy Temple during the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.
There’s no restriction to the number of calendars you can download or print, so you’re encouraged to pass them out to friends, family, loved ones and other members of your congregation.
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