Shavuot for the year 2026 starts on the evening of Thursday, May 21st ending the two day holiday at sundown on Saturday, May 23. For the Jewish calendar night begins before day, thus the holiday or festival begins on the sunset of the previous day.
Shavuot is a two day festival and begins on the 6th day of Sivan and ends on the 7th day except for many practicing Jews in Israel it ends on the 6th day of Sivan (1 Day celebration). Since the Torah does not actually state an official date for Shavuot there are some disputes among traditional and non-traditional Jews about which date the festival should fall on. The festival marks the wheat harvest in Israel and commemorates the day God gave the Torah to Israel on Mount Sinai.
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 Shavuot 2026
Thursday, May 21st is day number 141 of the 2026 calendar year with 4 years, 5 months, 18 days until Shavuot 2026.
|Name(s):||Shavuot, Feast of Weeks, Shovuos, Shavu'oth|
|When:||Begins on 6th of Sivan and ends 7th of Sivan (except Isreal ends 6th Sivan) in Hebrew Calendar|
Dates for Shavuot
|Holiday||Date||Days to Go|
|Shavuot 2020||Thursday, May 28, 2020||-554|
|Shavuot 2021||Monday, May 17, 2021||-200|
|Shavuot 2022||Sunday, June 05, 2022||184|
|Shavuot 2023||Friday, May 26, 2023||539|
|Shavuot 2024||Wednesday, June 12, 2024||922|
|Shavuot 2025||Monday, June 02, 2025||1277|