A Bible Calendar for the Feast of Trumpets and Other Jewish Holidays

The 2018-2022 Jewish Calendar

Typical items from a traditional Passover Seder
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This Bible feasts calendar covers the dates of the Feast of Trumpets and other Jewish holidays over a five-year span: 2018-2022. Use the calendar to plan for future holidays or as a reference to note which dates previous holidays fell on.

The Difference Between the Gregorian Calendar and the Jewish Calendar

In addition to marking the dates for important feast days, the calendar also compares Gregorian calendar dates with the Jewish calendar. An easy way to calculate the Jewish calendar year is to add 3761 to the Gregorian calendar year.

Today, most Western nations use the Gregorian calendar, which is based on the solar calendar, or the position of the sun among the constellations. It is called the Gregorian calendar because it was established in 1582 by Pope Gregory VIII, the head of the Catholic Church.

The Jewish calendar, on the other hand, is based on both solar and lunar movements. Since the Jewish day begins and ends at sunset, the holidays begin at sundown on the first day and end at sundown on the evening of the last day shown in the calendar below. This custom comes from the story of creation in Genesis 1. The book repeats the phrase: "And there was evening, and there was morning." Because Genesis first mentions evening, then morning, Jews view their days as starting at night, followed by the morning.

The New Year of the Jewish calendar also differs from when Western counties like the United States observe the start of another year. Rather than starting on Jan. 1, the Jewish New Year begins on Rosh Hashanah, which typically takes place in September or October. 

Feast Day Celebrations

Feasts like Rosh Hashanah or the Feast of Trumpets are usually celebrated by members of the Jewish faith, but they have significance for Christians as well. Paul said in Colossians 2:16-17 that these festivals and celebrations were a shadow of events to come through Jesus Christ. Although Christians may not commemorate these holidays in the traditional biblical sense, understanding these Jewish festivals can broaden one's understanding of a shared heritage. 

The Feast of Lots, also known as Purim, marks how Queen Esther of Persia saved the Jewish people. Passover commemorates the feast of the unleavened bread, which was one of the first God told the Jewish people to observe. It marks how the Israelites were delivered from slavery. Also known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is a time to repent for one's sins. These Jewish holidays and others fall during different dates depending on the calendar year.

Bible Feasts Calendar 2018-2022

Holidays begin at sundown on the evening of the previous day.

Year 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022

Feast of Lots

(Purim)

March 1 March 21 March 10 Feb. 26 March 17

Passover

(Pesach)

Mar. 31-April 7 April 19-27 April 9-16 Mar. 28-April 4 April 16-23

Feast of Weeks / Pentecost

(Shavuot)

May 20-21 June 8-10 May 29-30 May 17-18 June 5-6
Jewish Year 5779 5780 5781 5782 5783

Feast of Trumpets

(Rosh Hashanah)

Sept. 10-11 Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Sept. 19-20 Sept. 7-8 Sept. 26-27

Day of Atonement

(Yom Kippur)

​​Sept. 19 Oct. 9 Sept. 28 Sept. 16 Oct. 5

Feast of Tabernacles

(Sukkot)

Sept. 24-30 Oct. 14-20 Oct. 3-10 Sept. 21-27 Oct. 10-16

Rejoicing in the Torah

(Simchat Torah)

Oct. 2 Oct. 22 Oct. 11 Sept. 29 Oct. 18

Feast of Dedication

(Hanukkah)

Dec. 2-10 Dec. 23-30 Dec. 11-18 Nov. 29-Dec. 6 Dec. 19-26