Expected Observation-based

Dates of Biblical Festivals

     for Gregorian year 2017:

All dates may vary based upon actual visual confirmation/trumpet call of the new crescent moon & availability of Aviv barley within the region of the Promised Land

Aviv barley searches were held and found no mature barley ready to harvest at the end of the twelfth month. Therefore, an Adar Bet was observed and the first renewed moon of the Biblical year was the evening of April 8th, confirmed in Australia. Listed below, then, are the dates for the Biblical Festivals in 2016 for Australia and areas westward:

  • First Day of Biblical Year# (Day 1 of Month 1): March 29th
  • Passover/Pesach Seder (Day 14 of Month 1): April 11th
  • First Day of Feast of Unleavened Bread/Chag HaMatzot* (Day 15 of Month 1): April 12th
  • Wave Sheaf/Omer Day# (1st day of the week during Unleavened Bread in Promised Land): April 15th - June 3rd
  • Last Day of Feast of Unleavened Bread/Chag HaMatzot* (Day 21 of Month 1): April 19th
  • Counting of Weeks (7 complete weeks starting with Wave Sheaf Day): April 15th - June 3rd
  • Feast of Pentecost/Shavuot * (50th Day starting with Wave Sheaf Day): June 3rd

It would then follow that the seventh renewed moon of 2016 is expected to appear on the evening of October 2nd in the area of Australia. This would mark the arrival of the Fall Festivals on the dates below for this location and areas westward:

  • Day of Trumpets/Yom Teruah* (Day 1 of Month 7): October 21st
  • Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur* (Day 10 of Month 7): September 30th - October 1st
  • First Day of Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot* (Day 15 of Month 7): November 5th
  • Last Day of Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot (Day 21 of Month 7):November 12th
  • Last Great Day/Shemini Atzeret* (Day 22 of Month 7):November 12th

Finally, historical Jewish events are referenced within scripture (but are not Biblically commanded to be observed). Purim is recognized in the twelfth month (in an observed calendar) that is expected to begin the evening of February 9th in the area of India. Hanukkah is recognized in the ninth month, which is expected to begin the evening of November 30th in the area of India. This places these annual events on the following dates within 2016 for these locations and areas westward:

  • Purim (Day 14 of Month 12): February 23rd
  • First Day of Hanukkah/Chanukah (Day 25 of Month 9): December 25th
  • Last Day of Hanukkah/Chanukah (8th Day): December 12, 2017++ / December 20, 2017

December 12, 2017

++ Dates based on a global trumpet call (Israel-based observation may be delayed one day) 
# Based on aviv (ripened) barley indigenous to the Promised Land (Israel) region
* High Day of Convocation (no regular work)
(dates posted above begin at sundown the previous evening at the location of the new moon sighting and areas westward as the sun sets)

The months of the Jewish calendar are referred to mostly by number in the Bible, 

but were also given names


 1)   Nissan4)    Tamuz7)    Tishrei10)   Tevet
 2)   Iyar5)    Av8)    Cheshvan11)   Shevat
 3)   Sivan                      6)    Elul                         9)    Kislev                       12)   Adar I 13)  (Adar II)
This link above will give you an accurate & easy to read view of the respective calendars