Religious Holidays Quiz

Handy Religion 2e
ISBN: 9781578593798

What and when are some of the Sacred and Notable Days of the Jewish Religious Year?

  • Rosh Hashana (New Year) is celebrated during the lunar month of Tishri (September-October)
  • Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) during Tishri
  • Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication) begins during Kislev
  • Pesach (Passover) during Nisan

Sacred and Notable Days of the Jewish Religious Year

Tishri (September-October)

1, 2: Rosh Hashana (New Year)

3: Tzom Gedaliah (Fast of Gedaliah)

10: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

15-21: Sukkot (Tabernacles)

22: *Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of the Solemn Assembly)

23: *Simchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Law)

*Note: In Israel and in Reform congregations, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are celebrated together on the 22nd.

Cheshvan, or Marcheshvan (October-November)

Kislev (November-December)

25: Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication) begins

Tevet (December-January)

2: Hanukkah ends

10: Asara be-Tevet (Fast of Tevet)

Shevat (January-February)

15: Tu bi-Shevat (Fifteenth of Shevat: New Year for Trees)

Adar (February-March)

13: Ta'anit Esther (Fast of Esther)

14, 15: Purim (Feast of Lots), Shushan Purim

Nisan (March-April)

15-22: Pesach (Passover)

Iyyar (April-May)

18: Lag ba-Omer (33d Day of the Omer Counting)

Sivan (May-June)

6, 7: Shavuot (Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost)

Tammuz (June-July)

17: Shiva Asar be-Tammuz (Fast of Tammuz)

Av (July-August)

9: Tisha b'Av (Fast of Av)

Elul (August-September)

*Additionally, many Jewish calendars now list the 5th of Iyyar--Israel Independence Day--among the Jewish holidays.

From The Handy Religion Answer Book, Second Edition by Jack Rendard, Ph.D., (c) 2012 Visible Ink Press(R). Your Guide to the World's Major Faiths

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