2023 Feast Dates

Here are the Gregorian dates for the Biblical Feasts in 2023.
Feast dates are based on the Jewish (Hillel) calendar.
All observances except Passover begin the prior evening.

Purim
March 7, 2023
(Purim is not one of the Appointed Times in Torah)

This was done on the thirteenth day of the month Adar, and on the fourteenth day they rested and made it a day of feasting and gladness… the Jews established and accepted a custom for themselves and for their seed and for all those who joined themselves to them, so that celebrating these two days according to what was written down and according to their fixed time from year to year would not pass away. So these days were to be remembered and celebrated throughout every generation, every family, every province and every city.
(Esther 9:17,27-28 LSB)

Passover
April 5, 2023

In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the Passover of Yahweh.
(Leviticus 23:5 LSB)

Note: The traditional time to begin Passover is in the evening at the end of the day. Some congregations observe it on the prior evening. For a more detailed explanation, go here.

Unleavened Bread
April 6 – April 12, 2023

Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to Yahweh; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work. But for seven days you shall bring near an offering by fire to Yahweh. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.
(Leviticus 23:6-8 LSB)

First Fruits
April 7 or April 9, 2023

When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before Yahweh for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
(Leviticus 23:10-11 LSB)

Note: Traditional Judaism and most Messianic Jewish congregations observe First Fruits on the day after the High Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, or 16 Aviv. Many others observe it on the day after the weekly Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which will change from year to year but always fall on the first day of the week (Sunday). The Counting of the Omer begins on this day. For a more detailed explanation, go here.

Shavuot
May 26 or May 28, 2023

You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering near to Yahweh.
(Leviticus 23:15-16 LSB)

Note: Shavuot is 50 inclusive days from the day of First Fruits. The traditional date is 6 Sivan. Congregations that observe First Fruits on the day after the weekly Sabbath will conclude the 50-day count on the first day of the week (Sunday) and the date will vary from year to year. For a more detailed explanation, go here.

Yom Teruah
September 16, 2023

In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire near to Yahweh.
(Leviticus 23:24-25 LSB)

Yom Kippur
September 25, 2023

On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and bring an offering by fire near to Yahweh. And you shall not do any work on this same day, for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before Yahweh your God.
(Leviticus 23:27-28 LSB)

Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret
September 30 – October 7, 2023

On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to Yahweh. On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. For seven days you shall bring an offering by fire near to Yahweh.
(Leviticus 23:34-36 LSB)

On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and bring an offering by fire near to Yahweh; it is a solemn assembly. You shall do no laborious work.
(Leviticus 23:36 LSB)

Hanukkah
December 8 – December 15, 2023
(Hanukkah is not one of the Appointed Times in Torah)

Then Judas and his brothers and all the assembly of Israel determined that every year at that season the days of the dedication of the altar should be observed with gladness and joy for eight days, beginning with the twenty-fifth day of the month Kislev.
(1 Maccabees 4:59 ESV)

Recommended Resources for Additional Reading

(links open at Amazon.com)
A Christian Guide to the Biblical Feasts by David Wilber
Aligning With God’s Appointed Times by Jason Sobel
The Feasts of Adonai by Valerie Moody
God’s Appointed Times by Barney Kasden
Messiah in the Feasts of Israel by Sam Nadler
Celebrating Biblical Feasts in Your Home or Church by Martha Zimmerman
Feasts of the Bible Pamphlet by Rose Publishing

Scripture quotations marked LSB are from the Legacy Standard Bible copyright © 2021 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved. Managed in partnership with Three Sixteen Publishing Inc.

Scripture quotations marked ESV are from the ESV Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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