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 like a wedding or Bar/Bat mitzvah!

One you have sorted out the date for your special celebration make sure to visit our Kosher Package page which we created especially for families who want a Kosher function without breaking the bank. Or you could find out more about how we can help by visiting our page about themed events or our services.

PURIM
 9 March (sunset) – 10 March 2020 25 February (sunset) – 26 February 2021
16 March (sunset) – 17 March 2022 6 March (sunset) – 7 March 2023 
 
PASSOVER
19 April (sunset) – 27 April 2019 8 April (sunset) – 16 April 2020
27 March (sunset) – 4 April 2021 15 April (sunset) – 23 April 2022
Traditionally, no Jewish celebrations are held between Passover and Shavuot except on Lag B’ Omer.
 
LAG B’OMER
23 May 2019 12 May 2020
30 April 2021  19 May 2022
 
SHAVUOT
8 June (at sunset) – 10 June 2019 28 May (at sunset) – 30 May 2020
16 June (at sunset) –  18 June 2021 4 June (at sunset) – 6 June 2022
THREE WEEKS LEADING UP TO AND INCLUDING TISHA B’AV
21 July (at sunset) – 10 August 2019 5 July (at sunset) – 25 July 2020
9 July (at sunset) – 30 July 2021 17 July (at sunset) – 7 August  2022
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                    
29 Sept (at sunset) – 1 Oct 2019 18 Sept (at sunset) – 20 Sept 2020
6 Sept (at sunset) – 8 Sept 2021 25 Sept (at sunset) – 27 Sept 2022
 
YOM KIPPUR
8 Oct (at sunset) – 9 Oct 2019 27 Sept (at sunset) – 28 Sept 2020
15 Sept (at sunset) – 16 Sept 2021 4 Oct (at sunset) –  5 Oct 2022
(Ends at sundown with a traditional ‘Break The Fast’ meal)
 
SUCCOT
13 Oct (at sunset) – 20 Oct 2019 2 Oct (at sunset) – 9 Oct 2020
20 Oct (at sunset) –  27 Oct 2021  9 Oct (at sunset) 16 Oct 2022
 
SIMCHAT TORAH 
2 October 2019 22 October 2020
11 October 2021 29 September 2022
 
CHANUKAH
22 Dec (at sunset) – 30 Dec 2019 10 Dec (at sunset) –  18 Dec 2020
28 Nov (at sunset) –  6 Dec 2021 18 Dec (at sunset) –  26 Dec 2022

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