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2015 Feast Dates

Following are 2015 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: April 3-4
  • Feast of Unleavened Breads: April 4-11
  • Feast of First Fruits: April 4-5
  • Counting the Omer: April 5-May 23
  • Feast of Weeks (Pentecost): May 23-24
  • Feast of Trumpets:  September 14-15
  • Day of Atonement: September 23-24
  • Feast of Tabernacles/Shelters/Harvest: Sept. 29 – Oct. 5
  • The Eighth Day: October 5-6

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:
2015 Appointed Times at a Glance

*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.

For more information on Gentiles observing these Feasts, read:  Why celebrate these Feasts?
Read all of our posts pertaining to the Feasts.
Read our posts on Purim and Hanukkah.

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.

Recommended Book Explaining the Feasts
“The Feasts of the Lord” by Kevin Howard and Marvin Rosenthal is written from both a Christian and Jewish experience.  It is perfect for those just starting in their understanding of the Feasts’ significance to all of Yeshua’s followers, and for those who want a concise reference for all the major Feasts and other well known observances.  It covers the Biblical observances, the modern observances, the fulfillment and application today for each one.

2015 Expected New Moon Dates

Sighting of the New Moon

New Moon Observance

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.

For more information on the New Moon celebration, read The New Moon – Who Knew?
To mark your calendar, view the Expected Dates of New Moons in 2015.

35 responses

  1. Jerry

    I was looking for the dates of the feasts and I found your site. You do not mention where these dates and times are calculated for. Are these dates as per Jerusalem or where?

    August 2, 2013 at 10:35 am

    • Jerry, You are right, there are various ways these dates are calculated. For the sake of unity, the congregation I attend has agreed to follow the Messianic Calendar put out by Lion and Lamb Ministries. Here is how that is calculated: The Gregorian calendar is overlaid by the Jewish Diaspora calendar and modified to incorporate God’s appointed times as given by Moses and synchronized to start each Hebrew month on the new moon as it would be seen from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This new moon is calculated using lunar phase software that can pinpoint the moon’s position and phase at any time from any latitude/longitude on earth. I echo the statement included in their calendar, “Our calendar is not perfect, but our hope is that all Messianic believers who use our calendar will learn to keep the Sabbaths and the feasts in the way that the Lord has impressed upon us individually.”
      Thanks for your question.

      August 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      • Chinedu Njoku

        pls what is the date of the nex new moon?

        August 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

      • The next new moon appears on Friday, September 6, 2013 after the sun sets. The moon will be setting just a couple of hours after the sun, so there is a small timeframe in which to actually view it on the Western horizon after the brightness of the sun has diminished. A biblical new moon begins on the first day of each Hebrew month. September 6 is the first day of the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar – the month of Tishrei. Tishrei 1 is also the day of the Feast of Trumpets referenced in Lev. 23:23-35. You can see all the New Moon dates for 2013 here.

        Thanks for your question. I hope you will “taste and see” the beauty of God’s monthly time of renewal.

        August 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

  2. Myra Draine

    What is the day of the feast of the first-fruits when Jesus was crucified?

    February 8, 2014 at 11:59 am

    • Jesus was crucified on Passover and rose from the dead on the Feast of First Fruits. This year it falls on April 20. In Leviticus 23:9-14 it is established as the day the Israelites bring the first of their produce from the first crop of the year to the temple as an offering. The understanding is that as the first of their produce was accepted by God, so would the rest of the crop be. This is symbolic of Jesus being the first acceptable offering to God and the first to rise from the dead, indicating that the rest of Jesus’ followers would also be acceptable to God and rise from the dead, as stated in 1 Cor. 15:20-23. I observe it by meditating on the implications of Jesus’ resurrection and by bringing an offering of my resources to God. Thanks for your question, Myra. May God bless you in your pursuit of his truths.
      Messianic Sabbath

      February 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm

  3. Darrell Deyne

    Are these dates in accordence to the postponements of Hillel II?

    February 22, 2014 at 2:50 am

    • Not necessarily. I do not follow the teachings of Hillel II, so I have not compared them.

      March 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm

  4. Judy Scott

    If Passover is April 14/15 this year, why is it that you stated above to Myra that Jesus rose on April 20, the day of the feast of the firstfruits…wouldn’t it be 3 days and 3 nights after the Passover?

    March 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    • Judy, thank you for your intelligent question. This confuses many people because we are used to our holidays falling on the same day of the week each year. Here is the explanation:

      Passover is always on Nisan 15 (according to Lev. 23:5). Since Shavuot must be on a Sunday 50 days from First Fruits (Lev. 23:15-16), First Fruits is always scheduled for the Sunday after Passover. This causes the number of days between Passover and First Fruits to change from year to year. First Fruits is based on a day of the week and Passover is based on the date and moves from day to day on the calendar each year. The year Jesus died and rose, First Fruits did fall 3 days after Passover – remember Jesus rose on a Sunday, which would’ve been the first Sunday after Passover which made that Sunday the Feast of First Fruits that year.

      It’s no wonder it’s confusing! I hope that helps explain it.
      Thanks again for your question.

      March 25, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      • Judy

        How do you know that Jesus rose on a Sunday? I’ve heard that it may have been on the Sabbath (and He died on a Wednesday). As you can see, I am new to all these feasts, but am eager to learn. Thanks!

        March 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      • Luke 24:1 tells us, “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.” The first day of the week on the Hebrew calendar is the same as the Gregorian calendar – a Sunday. One difference, on the Hebrew calendar a day goes from sundown to sundown, so Sunday would’ve begun on what the Gregorian calendar refers to as Saturday night. Practicing the feasts is a wonderful way to learn more about YHVH.

        April 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm

  5. chinedu charles

    pls d dates for dis year new moon u sent to me via pdf ws not accessible to me pls cn u kindly just send them as u wrote these 2014 feast above. Thanking u for ur help. Shalom

    March 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

    • Mr. Charles, I have not listed the new moon dates on this page, because they take a bit of explanation, which that .pdf attachment provides. Since you cannot access that, I will post them here for you and others who may being having this issue.

      The sliver of the new moon is visible above the Western horizon for just about an hour after sunset on these dates (except near the North or South poles).
      The evenings of:
      Monday, March 31
      Wednesday, April 30
      Thursday, May 29
      Saturday, June 28
      Monday, July 28
      Tuesday, August 26
      Thursday, September 25
      Saturday, October 25
      Sunday, November 23
      Tuesday, December 23

      March 28, 2014 at 7:23 am

  6. Yvette washington

    Thank you for the teaching, I wish we had more teaching in my area, Bowie MD, i do fellowship at two messianic congregations sometimes, thanks again

    March 27, 2014 at 8:29 am

  7. chinedu charles

    tanx a lot for this,ADONAI bless u for this good work. Shalom

    March 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm

  8. chinedu charles

    tanx a lot. Pls ar we not suppose to say or shout happy new year to our frnds as d bible said dis is d begining of our monts?

    April 2, 2014 at 1:13 am

    • You are right, Mr. Charles, Nisan is the first month of the Hebrew calendar (Exodus 12). Most Christians do not realize that. I would agree that wishing people a happy new year could be a conversation starter regarding the Hebrew calendar and God’s instructions.

      April 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm

  9. Angeloyd Fenrick

    Thank you for your teaching ministry

    April 3, 2014 at 2:45 am

  10. Michael Porter

    We here in Benin Republic appreciate all your efforts for the Kingdom. May the Feast of Passover and the Day of the Unleavened Bread bring joy to you all.

    April 8, 2014 at 11:18 pm

  11. Carol

    I think I need to question the fact that Jesus rose on Sunday. The fact that Jesus states in Matthew 13:40 “for as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”. He states 3 days and 3 nights, not partial days and nights. The day is 12 hours, and the night is 12 hours. A biblical day runs from sunset to sunset. If Jesus was crucified on Friday and rose on Sunday, as many are taught, the time frame makes this verse untrue! Jesus was crucified on a “high” sabbath day. See John 19:31-37 (KJV). This was an annual Sabbath, not a weekly sabbath. It was the sabbath before Passover. Jesus was our Passover Lamb. I believe Jesus was crucified on a Wednesday, was laid quickly in the tomb before sunset, and just before sunset ( 72 hours later) which would be Saturday, Jesus was Resurrected from the dead. When the women arrived at the tomb to annoint his body very early Sunday, the stone had already been rolled back, Not to let him out, but to let the women in to see the empty tomb. The angel then tells them to inform the disciples, especially Peter, that Jesus is ALIVE!
    If I believe the Friday crucifixon, and Sunday resurrection, then the bible is not true.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    In His Hands always….

    April 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    • Carol, you are right, there are various ways to calculate it. I shouldn’t definitively say Yeshua rose on Sunday, it could have been Saturday on the Hebrew calendar. I agree with you, Friday doesn’t add up correctly. Whether you believe Yeshua rose on Saturday or Sunday, the command to observe the Feast of Firstfruits in Ex. 23:9-11 includes the day – “on the day after the Sabbath.” which makes the observance of it a Sunday. Given that Yeshua died on the exact day of Passover, and the Holy Spirit was poured out on the exact day of Pentecost, It would follow that Yeshua’s resurrection took place on the exact day of Firstfruits, which would be why we are to observe that day, but the Bible does not say specifically, so we are left to our own calculations. Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

      June 23, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      • Bob and Carol

        Sorry, I need to correct the Chapter in Matthew from 13:40 to Matthew 12:40. Have a wonderful day.

        June 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

  12. Thapelo

    I am a seventh day Adventist an I discovering about the feast I am,willing to learn more so DAT I can keep them b4 Jesus comes pls help

    April 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    • Thapelo, it looks like you’ve seen my articles on the subjects of the Feasts. If you are unable to get a copy of the book I recommend, “The Feasts of the Lord”, you might begin with putting the dates listed on this page on your calendar as God’s holy days and print this reference guide, which lists all the commands for observing them. I started by using those days to seek God and to study what each day meant to Him, so that I could line up with His spirit on each day. I kept a diary of my learnings, so I could continue with it the next year. If you are diligent in making the effort to do what you know, God will guide you and provide you revelation directly. May God bless you in your pursuit of His truth.

      June 9, 2014 at 8:07 pm

  13. kyei zander

    is messianic sabbath have something to do with the house of Yahweh at Abilene Texas in USA?

    May 23, 2014 at 5:26 am

    • No, no affiliation, but from their website, it looks like they are part of the Messianic movement, as well.

      May 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm

  14. Shalom

    Happy feast of trumpet

    September 25, 2014 at 11:06 am

  15. Cheryl Newman

    Are there any fasting requirements for the days before the feast of tabernacles?

    October 5, 2014 at 7:37 am

  16. Eze patrick chibuzo

    Iam jewish but I live in Nigeria. Yahweh is one. glory to Yahweh

    October 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

  17. Karen

    Just was searching for the dates of the Passover and Feast of unleaven; and i am a little confused; you answer your responses with the name of Jesus; knowing full well that is not is name Yahshua; Yahweh is his father; is there a reason for this??

    January 12, 2015 at 9:05 am

    • Karen, you are right – when someone calls our Messiah Jesus, I also call him Jesus when I’m talking to them. My goal is to meet them where they are and bring them along, not correct them on every point. I called on Yeshua as Jesus for 35 years, and he was patient in answering me. I believe once people understand the Hebrew roots of their faith, their complete vocabulary will change, including how they refer to the Messiah, as it did for me. Thanks for your passion in using his Hebrew name!

      January 14, 2015 at 6:33 am

  18. Karen

    You are right and i hope i did not offend you with my question; it’s just when i found out i was sitting in the synagogue and heard two men of Yahshua talking about us not even knowing his real name and i went off; how can you teach and yet you are teaching incorrectly; i have since stop going to that synagogue and going to one that calls him by his magnificent and marvelous holy and righteous name

    January 14, 2015 at 7:14 am

  19. Karen

    thanks for the reply

    January 14, 2015 at 7:15 am

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