What dates do I need to AVOID when booking my Simcha?

Jewish Festival CalendarNo matter what religion you are, you’ll also want to be sensitive to the religious observances of your guests. Even if they are able to attend, they might be fasting, eating a restricted diet, or have other limitations that will prevent them from fully enjoying your event.

So ensuring that you are choosing the best date possible will exclude any religious reasons for your guests to decline!

To help with that, have a look at the 2017 – 2020 calendar below for which dates you should AVOID having a Simcha!

PURIM
11 March (sunset) – 12 March 2017 28 February (sunset) – 1 March 2018
20 March (sunset) – 21 March 2019 9 March (sunset) – 10 March 2020
 
PASSOVER
10 April (sunset) – 18 April 2017 30 March (sunset) – 7 April 2018
19 April (sunset) – 27 April 2019 8 April (sunset) – 16 April 2020
Traditionally, no Jewish celebrations are held between Passover and Shavuot except on Lag B’ Omer.
 
LAG B’OMER
14 May 2017 3 May 2018
23 May 2019 12 May 2020
 
SHAVUOT
30 May (at sunset) – 1 June 2017 19 May (at sunset) – 21 May 2018
8 June (at sunset) – 10 June 2019 28 May (at sunset) – 30 May 2020
THREE WEEKS LEADING UP TO AND INCLUDING TISHA B’AV
11 July (at sunset) – 31 July 2017 1 July (at sunset) – 21 July 2018
21 July (at sunset) – 10 August 2019 5 July (at sunset) – 25 July 2020
Jewish celebrations are allowed in Reform communities but are unfortunately not allowed in United ones during the period of three weeks leading up and including to the Fast of Tisha B’av.
 
ROSH HASHANAH                    
20 Sept (at sunset) – 22 Sept 2017 9 Sept (at sunset) – 11 Sept 2018
29 Sept (at sunset) – 1 Oct 2019 18 Sept (at sunset) – 20 Sept 2020
 
YOM KIPPUR
29 Sept (at sunset) – 30 Sept 2017 18 Sept (at sunset) – 19 Sept 2018
8 Oct (at sunset) – 9 Oct 2019 27 Sept (at sunset) – 28 Sept 2020
(Ends at sundown with a traditional ‘Break The Fast’ meal)
 
SUCCOT
04 Oct (at sunset) – 11 Oct 2017 23 Sept (at sunset) – 30 Sept 2018
13 Oct (at sunset) – 20 Oct 2019 2 Oct (at sunset) – 9 Oct 2020
 
SIMCHAT TORAH 
13 October 2017 2 October 2018
22 October 2019 11 October 2020
 
CHANUKAH
12 Dec (at sunset) – 20 Dec 2017 2 Dec (at sunset) – 10 Dec 2018
22 Dec (at sunset) – 30 Dec 2019 10 Dec (at sunset) – 18 Dec 2020

Also consider other events such as big sporting events and school holidays – you don’t want people to miss your special day!