What are the correct Jewish festival dates for 2020?
According to the Sinai Torah the new moon for the 1st month of the Jewish Year is to be physically sighted over Jerusalem and the concurrent search for Aviv must be equally successful. If these two factors are resolved we can set the dates for festival observance at their anticipated scheduled time. Please remember that some of these forecast festivals will occur only according to new moon sightings. Any future variation of dates will be announced where and when applicable. The "spring festivals" for 2020 are projections pending the aviv barley search March 25, prior to the sighting of the new crescent moon anticipated March 25.
If we follow the advice of the Israeli authorities, and the new crescent moon is sighted as hoped, then Passover will occur April 8 (the
Lord 's Seder celebration -- as one way of expressing the ritual -- necessarily falling the evening before on April 7).
The seven day festival of unleavened bread occurs sundown April 8 through to sundown April 15.
Shavuot (or Pentecost) will fall Sunday 31 May.
Yom Teruah (or Rosh HaShanah) falls September 19 starting the previous evening -- IF the New Moon is seen on the evening of September 18 in Jerusalem.
Yom Kippur is expected to fall 28 September (beginning the evening prior)
Sukkot -- otherwise known as The Festival of Tabernacles -- lasts for seven days with the first day declared an annual Sabbath: starts October 3 (on the evening before) and lasts for 7 days.
Shemini Atzeret (called by some "The Last Great Day" is separate from Sukkot. It falls October 9 (beginning the evening prior at sunset).
This information is provided for those of our IMCF Student Body and IMCF members (along with our FB Associate Students) who continue to observe the annual sabbaths and festivals of Israel, as enumerated in Leviticus 23.
Les Aron Gosling