Rosh Hashanah for the year 2026 starts on the evening of Friday, September 11th ending the 2 day celebration at sundown on Sunday, September 13. For the Jewish calendar night begins before day, thus the holiday or festival begins on the sunset of the previous day.
Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year for Jewish Americans. Rosh Hashanah begins on the first day of the seventh month in the Jewish calendar. The Day of Remembrance or the Day of Blowing the Shofar are other names for this holiday. Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah are the two most important days of atonement that most practicing Jews will observe in the calendar year.
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 Rosh Hashanah 2026
Friday, September 11th is day number 254 of the 2026 calendar year with 4 years, 9 months, 5 days until the start of the 2 day celebration/ observance of Rosh Hashanah 2026.
|Name(s):||Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, Day of Remembrance, Day of Blowing the Shofar|
|When:||Begins first day of Tishrei and ends second day of Tishrei on the Hebrew Calendar|
Dates for Rosh Hashanah
|Holiday||Date||Days to Go|
|Rosh Hashanah 2020||Saturday, September 19, 2020||-443|
|Rosh Hashanah 2021||Tuesday, September 07, 2021||-90|
|Rosh Hashanah 2022||Monday, September 26, 2022||294|
|Rosh Hashanah 2023||Saturday, September 16, 2023||649|
|Rosh Hashanah 2024||Thursday, October 03, 2024||1032|
|Rosh Hashanah 2025||Tuesday, September 23, 2025||1387|