Shemini Atzeret for the year 2023 is celebrated/ observed on sundown of Friday, October 6th ending at sundown on Saturday, October 7.
Shemini Atzeret, with Shemini meaning eighth follows the seven day holiday of Sukkot and can be considered the eighth day of Sukkot in many ways but not all ways. This day on the Hebrew calendar falls on 22 Tishrei. Many in Israel will celebrate Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah on the same day, however others in the rest of the world will celebrate them one day after the other making them two separate holidays with Simchat Torah falling on 23 Tishrei.
Why do Jewish holidays start at nighttime?
According to the Torah, the story of creation in Genesis says “And it was evening, and it was morning day one”, “And it was evening, and it was morning; the second day”, thus night comes before day. So for the Jewish calendar all days begin at nightfall and end the next day at nightfall including holidays.
Days to the start of Shemini Atzeret 2023
Saturday, October 7th is day number 280 of the 2023 calendar year with 2 years, 11 months, 8 days until Shemini Atzeret 2023.
|Name(s):||Shemini Atzeret, Eight day of Assembly|
|When:||22nd of Tishrei in Hebrew Calendar|
Dates for Shemini Atzeret
|Holiday||Date||Days to Go|
|Shemini Atzeret 2019||Monday, October 21, 2019||-374|
|Shemini Atzeret 2020||Saturday, October 10, 2020||-19|
|Shemini Atzeret 2021||Tuesday, September 28, 2021||334|
|Shemini Atzeret 2022||Monday, October 17, 2022||718|
|Shemini Atzeret 2023||Saturday, October 07, 2023||1073|
|Shemini Atzeret 2024||Thursday, October 24, 2024||1456|