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Last Updated on December 13, 2021

Israel religious holidays & festivals for 2020.

Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze & Bahai Festivals

Did you know that there are more than 4,200 recognized religions in the world?  Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Druze and Bahai are the five main religious groups in Israel.  Here is a list of the religious holidays for 2020 for these religious groups.


Jewish Holidays & Festivals 2020

Please note that Jewish holidays and festivals begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified.

In the Diaspora the festivals of Passover, Shavuot & Sukkot have one extra day added at the end. 

  Tu B’shvat:  February 10

Fast of Esther: March 9

Purim:  March 10

Passover:  April 8 – April 15

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah): April 21

Israel Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron): April 28

Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut): April 29

Festival of Counting up to the Omer (Lag B’Omer): May 12

Jerusalem Day: May 22

Feat of Weeks (Shavuot): –  May 28

Fast of the 9th of Av (Tisha B’Av): July 29

New Year (Rosh HaShanah): September 18

Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur):  September 27

Yom HaAliyah: November 5th

Sukkot:  October 2

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah:  October 10

Festival of Lights (Hanukkah): December 11

Find our more about the Jewish festivals


Christian Holidays & Festivals 2020

  Ash Wednesday – February 26*

Good Friday-  April 10

Easter Sunday – April 12

Easter Monday: April 13

Ascension Day – May 21

Pentecost – May 31

Christmas- December 25

*FYI – Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday


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Islam Holidays and Festivals 2020


Ramadan: April 26**

Eid-Ul-Fitr: May 24

Eid-Ul-Adha: –  July 31

Hijri New Year: August 20

Ashura: August 30

Milad un Nabi: – 30 October

**Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, it is a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community


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Druze Holidays &  Festivals 2020

  Druze celebrate Eid El Fitr, and Eid El-Adha (see Muslim festivals)


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Bahai Holidays & Festivals 2019


Naw-Ruz (Baha’i New Year) — March 20

Festival of Ridvan — May 23***

Ascension of the Baha’u’llah –May 28

Martyrdom of the Bab– July 10

Birth of the Bab– November 19

Birth of Baha’u’llah– November 12

Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha – November 27

19 days of fasting:March 19

***Riḍván is a twelve-day festival commemorating Baháʼu’lláh’s declaration that he was a Manifestation of God

Learn holiday and festival words & phrases with Hebrew, English & transliterations

English Transliteration Hebrew
Fast Tzom צום
Holiday or festival Chag חג
Festival eve Erev chag ערב חג
Intermediate days of a festival Chol ha’mo’ed חול המואד
New month Rosh ho’desh ראש חודש
New year Shana hadasha שנה חדשה


Shabbat, festival and holiday greetings 

Happy Sabbath Shabbat shalom שבת שלום
Happy holidays Chag sameach חג שמח
Happy new year Shana tova שנה טובה
Have an easy fast Tzom kal צום קל
May you be inscribed Chatima tova חתימה טובה
Have a good week Shavua tov שבוע טוב


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