Old Testament Jewish Holidays

Biblical Name

Date(s)

Jewish Name

Pronunciation

Day of Passover

Nisan 14

Yom Pesach
(Day of Passover)

yohm PAY-sahk

Feast of Passover

(Feast of Unleavened Bread)

Nisan 15–21

Hag Pesach
(Feast of Passover)
Hag Matzot
(Feast of Unleavened Bread)

hahg PAY-sahk

hahg MAHT-zoht

Day of Firstfruits of
Barley Harvest

Nisan 16

Yom Bikkurim
(Day of Firstfruits)

yohm BIKK-urr-imm

Feast of Pentecost

(Feast of Weeks)

(Feast of Harvest)

(Day of Firstfruits of
Wheat Harvest)

Sivan 6

Hag Pentecost
(Feast of Fiftieth)
Hag Shavuot
(Feast of Weeks)
Hag Katzir
(Feast of Harvest)
Yom Bikkurim
(Day of Firstfruits)

hahg PENN-ti-cawst

hahg shah-VOO-oht

hahg KAHT-zirr

yohm BIKK-urr-imm

Day of Trumpets

Tishri 1

Yom Teruah
(Day of Trumpet Blowing)
Rosh Hashanah
(Head of the Year)

yohm ti-ROO-ah

rohsh hah-SHAH-nah

Day of Atonement

Tishri 10

Yom Kippur
(Day of Atonement)

yohm kipp-PURR

Feast of Tabernacles

(Feast of Booths)

(Feast of Ingathering)

Tishri 15–22

Hag Sukkot
(Feast of Tabernacles)
Hag Sukkot
(Feast of Booths)
Hag Asif
(Feast of Ingathering)

hahg soo-KOHT

hahg soo-KOHT

hahg ah-SEEF

Feast of the Dedication

Chislev 25–
Tebeth 2

Hag Hanukkah
(Feast of the Dedication)
Hag Maor
(Feast of Lights)

hahg HAH-noo-kah

hahg mah-OHR

Feast of Purim

Adar 14–15

Hag Purim
(Feast of Lots)

hahg PURR-imm

ha – the                            hag – feast                           yom – day
-ah (singular ending)          -ot(h) (plural ending)

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