2019 Biblical Feast Dates
The Biblical calendar is lunar based and encourages the keeper to constantly look up and watch for the first sliver of the new moon that marks the start of the new month. This sighting of the new moon cannot be exactly predetermined, neither the time of ripening of barley which determines the biblical New Year. So this calendar only accurately presents itself as time passes. To try and give an estimate when the biblical feasts will occur we have simulated the visibility of the new moon. But only time will tell the exact dates of these feasts.
Aviv (Ripe) barley was not found, in Israel before the new moon sighting on 8 March 2019 for the new biblical year to start and an additional lunar month was added to the current year and the new year will start at the sighting of the new moon around 6 April 2019.
This year, the Aviv barley search has turned out to be an interesting one, indeed. There were, as expected, some conflicting reports on the status of the barley within Israel this year ranging from full Aviv declarations to none at all. After inspecting all of the various reports, we have come to the following conclusion: there is not a sufficient amount of matured barley to declare this coming renewed moon day as being at a time of Aviv.
To review, there are three primary characteristics of barley we look for. 1) That it is brittle enough to be destroyed by hail and has begun to lighten in colour; 2) The seeds have produced enough dry material so it can be immediately eaten when parched in fire; 3) There is sufficient quantity to clearly indicate maturity that will be fully harvest-ready within a few weeks
Ultimately, there were no fields within the area of Israel that were found to be dominantly Aviv in any sufficient quantities that would be considered harvestable at this time required by point 3 and Aviv could not be declared.
The exact dates of the Autumn Feast (Yom Teruah - Sukkot) are determined by the sighting of the new moons around the 30th of September 2019 from Jerusalem. These dates will be updated as these sightings are made on the respective dates.
Please note we do not follow the Rabbinic Calendar. The Rabbinic Calendar may vary with a few days or even a month in extreme cases. The Rabbinical Calendar is not based on the physical observance of the new moon or ripe barley as a requirement for the start of the New Year but rather use a formulaic method of determining the dates.
Simulated Feast Dates:
Sunset 19 February 2019 - Sunset 20 February 2019
Pesach / Passover
Sunset 19 April 2019 - Sunset 20 April 2019
Feast of Unleavened Bread
Sunset 20 April 2019 - Sunset 27 April 2019
Feast of First Fruits (Resurrection)
Sunset 23 April 2019 - Sunset 24 April 2019
Sunset 11 June 2019 - Sunset 12 June 2019
Teshuvah (40 Days of Repentance)
Sunset 31 August 2019 - Sunset 09 October 2019
Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets)
Sunset 30 September 2019 - Sunset 02 October 2019
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
Sunset 09 October 2019 - Sunset 10 October 2019
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
Sunset 14 October 2019 - Sunset 21 October 2019
Hanukkah (Feast of Lights)
Sunset 22 December 2019 - Sunset 29 December 2019