Hebrew Holidays

Concise References

         Leviticus 23                               The feasts

Leviticus 25                               Sabbatical and Jubilee Years

Exodus 23                                  Sabbath

Numbers 28-29                          What sacrifices for which holidays

Deuteronomy 16                        A review

Annual Festivals

Trumpets            Rosh Hashanah           New Year                    Sept. 21, 2017

Atonement         Yom Kippur                  Fast                              Sept. 30, 2017

Tabernacles        Booths                           Ingathering                Oct. 5 – 11, 2017

Passover                                                                                           Mar. 31, 2018

Unleavened Bread                                                                         Apr. 1 – 7, 2018

Pentecost           Harvest                        First Fruits                   May 20, 2018

Required attendance for all males at Passover (Unleavened Bread), Pentecost, and Tabernacles (Exodus 23:17, Deuteronomy 16:16).

Seven days were set aside like Sabbaths (no work), as “convocations” to the Lord: Unleavened Bread days 1 and 7, Tabernacles days 1 and 8, Pentecost, Trumpets, and Yom Kippur.

The festivals were designed to celebrate certain things:

Passover                       The Exodus

Unleavened Bread      The haste with which they left Egypt

Barley harvest

No new growth could be eaten before the first sheaf was presented

on that Sunday

Pentecost                     Remember you were a slave, but now harvest in the promised land.

Wheat harvest, new grain offering

Tabernacles                Wilderness wanderings

General harvest

Other Holidays

Hanukah                      Feast of Lights            Dec. 13 – 20, 2017

Rededication of the Temple by the Maccabees

Purim                           Esther’s victory

Nicanor                        Victory by Nicanor over Syria (1 Maccabees 7:49)

Fast days in connection with the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. (Zech 7:3-5, 8:19)