What are the correct Festival Dates for 2020?
According to the Sinai Torah the new moon for the 1st month of the Jewish Year is to be physically sighted over Jerusalem and the concurrent search for Aviv must be equally successful.
In following the advice of the Israeli authorities, the new crescent moon has been sighted (as hoped) on the evening of March 14, therefore Passover will occur March 28 (the Lord ‘s Seder celebration — as one way of expressing the Passover ritual — necessarily falls the evening before on March 27).
The seven day festival of unleavened bread occurs sundown March 28 through to sundown April 4.
Shavuot (or Pentecost) will fall Sunday 23 May.
Yom Teruah (or Rosh HaShanah) falls September 9 starting the previous evening — IF the New Moon is seen on the evening of September 18 in Jerusalem.
Yom Kippur is expected to fall 18 September (beginning the evening prior)
Sukkot — otherwise known as The Festival of Tabernacles — lasts for seven days with the first day declared an annual Sabbath: starts September 23 (on the evening before) and lasts for 7 days.
Shemini Atzeret (called by some “The Last Great Day” is separate from Sukkot. It falls September 30 (beginning the evening prior at sunset).
This information is provided for those of our IMCF Student Body and IMCF members (along with our FB Associate Students) who continue to observe the annual sabbaths and festivals of Israel, as enumerated in Leviticus 23.
Les Aron Gosling