Shmini Atzeret in Canada
Many Jewish communities in Canada celebrate Shemini Atzeret (or Shmini Atzeret) and Simchat Torah. Shemini Atzeret is a Jewish holiday dedicated to the love of God. Simchat Torah marks the end of the Sukkot (or Sukkoth) festival.
What do people do?
Shemini Atzeret is the holiday that follows immediately after the seventh day of Sukkot, known as Hoshana Rabbah. Shemini Atzeret is a time when prayers or celebrations for rain and a good harvest are made for the coming year in the Jewish calendar.
Many Jewish communities in Canada observe Shemini Atzeret on one day and Simchat Torah on the following day. These days are not nationwide public holidays in Canada but some Jewish organizations may be closed or offer a limited service to allow for festivities to occur on this day. Election dates in some parts of Canada, such as Ontario, have been moved in previous years to avoid clashing with religious or culturally significant holidays, such as Shemini Atzeret.
The name "Shmini Atzeret" refers to the eighth day, or the extra day, that brings the seven-day Sukkot period to its state of perfection. Rabbinic tradition teaches that Shemini Atzeret is the day when the world is judged for water, or rainfall, in the upcoming year. It is an important day for agricultural purposes.
Simchat Torah is generally celebrated on the same day as Shemini Atzeret in Israel and among Reform Jewish groups. These two occasions are also observed as two separate days among many Jewish communities outside of Israel.
About Shmini Atzeret in other countriesRead more about Shmini Atzeret.
Shmini Atzeret ObservancesNote: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Thu||Oct 11||1990||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Sep 30||1991||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 19||1992||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 7||1993||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Sep 27||1994||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 16||1995||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 5||1996||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 23||1997||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 12||1998||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 2||1999||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 21||2000||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Oct 9||2001||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Sep 28||2002||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 18||2003||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 7||2004||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Oct 25||2005||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 14||2006||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 4||2007||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Oct 21||2008||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 10||2009||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Sep 30||2010||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 20||2011||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 8||2012||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Sep 26||2013||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 16||2014||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 5||2015||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 24||2016||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 12||2017||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 1||2018||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 21||2019||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 10||2020||Shmini Atzeret||Jewish holiday|
Quick FactsShemini Atzeret (or Shmini Atzeret) is a Jewish holiday dedicated to the love of God, while Simchat Torah (Simchas Torah or Simhat Torah) marks the end of Sukkot and celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah.
Shmini Atzeret 2015Monday, October 5, 2015
Shmini Atzeret 2016Monday, October 24, 2016
Name in other languages
List of dates for other years
- First day of Sukkot ―Monday, September 28, 2015
- Last day of Sukkot ―Sunday, October 4, 2015
- Simchat Torah ―Tuesday, October 6, 2015