Are you searching for the Jewish holidays in 2018? Want to be ready with a plan for the holidays? Read the following article to get more information on the same.
The year 2018 is just around the corner, and most of us are already planning on what to do for the upcoming holidays. No matter what religion and culture we believe in, the festivals are always the best way to bring family, friends, neighbors, and the community closer. We forgive and forget all that has happened in the past and relish in the glorious present.
However, at times the pressures at work, school, and/or home can become so intense that we may never realize which holidays are upcoming or have passed us by. Which is why, since you don’t get to miss out on any of the holidays and to help you keep yourself available and spend as much time as possible with your family, we have put together a list of Jewish holidays in 2018.
This new year, you can start afresh and spend time at home for any and all the holidays you like. Instead of making last-minute flight bookings and taking time off work, you can easily plan your entire schedule with ease. So here’s a complete list of the dates divided into the months that they appear in.
List of Holidays
Even though Hanukkah is one of the most popular holidays that people around the world are familiar with, there are other major Jewish holidays as well. In Jewish culture, a day begins and ends right at sunset. Hence, the holidays also follow the same pattern; they begin a day before and end of the day at sunset on the date given below. This table will get you familiarized with the calendar of major holidays.
|Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat
|It marks the beginning of the Shevat month
|The 15th day of the Shevat month, also know as “The New Year of the Trees”.
|It is read in the preparation of the Purim
|Rosh Chodesh Adar
|It celebrates the beginning of the month of Adar
|The commandment to remember the attack of Amalek is read on this auspicious day
|Ta’anit Esther is a fast from dawn till dusk. It’s the commemoration of the three day fast which was observed in the story of Purim
|It commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the Haman
|It is the preparation for the Passover
|Rosh Chodesh Nisan, Shabbat HaChodesh
|The beginning of the new month of Nisan
|It’s the Shabbat that’s immediately preceding the Passover
|Ta’anit Bechorot, Erev Pesach
|The Passover starts today.
|The holocaust remembrance day
|Rosh Chodesh Iyyar
|The beginning of the month of Iyyar
|It’s the Israeli memorial day
|It’s the Israeli Independence day
|The second passover commences on this day
|According to Jewish tradition, this day commemorates the Bar Kokhba Revolt against the Roman empire.
|The Jerusalem day
|Rosh Chodesh Sivan
|The beginning of the month of Sivan
|19th -21st May
|The Feast of Weeks, is said to have a very important place in Jewish tradition
|Rosh Chodesh Tamuz
|The beginning of the month of Tamuz
|It commemorates the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached before the destruction of the second temple
|Rosh Chodesh Av
|The Beginning of the month of Av
|Shabbat Chazon Erev Tish’a B’Av
|It’s an annual fast commemorating the fall of the first and the second temple. It’s called the Black Shabbats
|First of the seven haftarahs of consolidation.
|Rosh Chodesh Elul
|The beginning of the month of Elul
|It’s the Jewish new year
|The Day of Atonement.
|Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of the Ingathering. It’s a biblical holiday
|Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan
|The beginning of the month of Cheshvan
|Israeli national holiday
|Rosh Chodesh Kislev
|The beginning of the month of Kislev
|Rosh Chodesh Tevet
|The beginning of the Hebrew month of Tevet
There are certain holidays when work is not permitted or should be avoided. These holidays are Purim, Passover, Shavuot, Tisha B’Av, Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah. During Hanukkah, you are allowed to work but not during Shabbat. Apart from these holidays, there are a few holidays when work can be commenced. However, in order to be absolutely sure, you should speak to your Rabbi for details.
Now that we have seen a detailed list, you might be interested in knowing what are some other holidays coming up in the year of 2018. As mentioned earlier, plan ahead of time and spend as much quality time as possible with your family and friends. There’s nothing like being home for the holidays. Make the new year twice as nice as this year was. Happy Holidays in advance!