2016-2017 Feast Dates
Following are dates of the Biblically commanded Fall Feasts for 2016 and Spring Feasts for 2017.* These are not only Jewish Holy Days. In Leviticus 23:2 Yehovah tells us, “These are My appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.” They are Yehovah’s specially appointed times available to all His followers. Mark your calendar and plan ahead to participate with Yehovah 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.
- Feast of Trumpets: October 2-3, 2016
- Day of Atonement: October 11-12, 2016
- Feast of Tabernacles/Shelters/Harvest: October 16-23, 2016
- The Eighth Day: October 23-24, 2016
- Passover: April 11-12, 2017
- Feast of Unleavened Breads: April 12-19, 2017
- Feast of First Fruits: April 15-16, 2017
- Counting the Omer: April 15 – June 3, 2017
- Feast of Weeks/Pentecost: June 3-4, 2017
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:
2016 Appointed Times at a Glance
*These dates are taken from a calendar 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. In some cases they do not match the dates determined by Jewish Rabbis. There are other correct ways to reckon the dates.
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.
2016 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.