2013 Feast Dates
Following are 2013 dates for the Biblically commanded Feasts.* These are not only Jewish Holy Days. In Leviticus 23:2 God tells us, “These are My appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.” They are the Lord’s specially appointed times available to all God’s followers. Mark your calendar and plan ahead to participate with Adonai on His Holy Days!
On the Hebrew/Biblical calendar a day begins and ends at dusk (See Genesis 1).
Accordingly, each of these Feasts begins and ends at sundown.
- Passover: March 25-26
- Feast of Unleavened Breads: March 26 – April 2
- Feast of First Fruits: March 30-31
- Counting the Omer: March 31 – May 18
- Feast of Weeks (Pentecost): May 18-19
- Feast of Trumpets: September 6-7
- Day of Atonement: September 15-16
- Feast of Tabernacles/Shelters/Harvest: September 20-27
- The Eighth Day: September 27-28
The following attachment includes this list of Feasts, plus Purim and Hanukkah. It shows the Hebrew and Gregorian dates, the Hebrew names, the purpose of the Feasts and Biblical instructions for observing them from a Messianic understanding:
*These are the dates observed by Messianic believers and based solely on the Bible. In some cases they do not match the dates determined by Orthodox Jewish Rabbis.
Recommended Hebrew Calendar
The Feasts are determined by the Hebrew calendar. It is helpful to keep a Messianic Hebrew calendar on hand. I recommend the one put out by Lion and Lamb Ministries. It is beautifully designed and overlays the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars. It includes color-coded Sabbaths, New Moons and Feasts and the weekly Torah and Messianic scripture portions.
2013 Expected New Moon Dates
The Hebrew calendar is based on the lunar cycle. The first evening the new moon of each cycle can be observed in the sky denotes the beginning of a new month on the Hebrew calendar. According to the Bible, new moons are also cause for celebration.