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Nisan       Iyar (אִייָר)       Sivan
Lag BaOmer
A bonfire in Israel on Lag BaOmer celebrated on the 18th of Iyar
Month number: 2
Number of days: 29
Season: Spring (Northern Hemisphere)
Gregorian equivalent: April–May

Iyar (Hebrew: אִייָר‎ or אִיָּר, Standard Iyyar Tiberian ʾIyyār; from Akkadian: 𒌗𒄞 itiayari "rosette; blossom") is the eighth month of the civil year (which starts on 1 Tishrei) and the second month of the Jewish religious year (which starts on 1 Nisan) on the Hebrew calendar. The name is Babylonian in origin. It is a month of 29 days. Iyar usually falls in April–May on the Gregorian calendar.

In the Hebrew Bible, before the Babylonian captivity, the month is called Ziv (1 Kings 6:1, 6:37). Ziv is a Hebrew name that means "light" or "glow".

Along with all other current, post-biblical Jewish month names, Iyar was adopted during the Babylonian captivity. In the Babylonian calendar its name was Araḫ Āru, which can be interpreted as "month of blossoming".[1]

Holidays in Iyar

Jewish Holidays

Israeli Holidays

Iyar in Jewish history

See also

  • In Arabic, Ayyar or Eyyar (Arabic: أيّار‎) refers to the month of May.


  1. Muss-Arnolt, W., [www.jstor.org/stable/3259081 The Names of the Assyro-Babylonian Months and Their Regents], Journal of Biblical Literature Vol. 11, No. 1 (1892), pp. 72–94 [78], accessed 10 Aug. 2020
  2. Eli The High Priest, Chabad org
  3. The Twenty Eighth of Iyar

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