A bonfire in Israel on Lag BaOmer celebrated on the 18th of Iyar
Native nameאִייָר (Hebrew)
CalendarHebrew calendar
Month number2
Number of days29
SeasonSpring (Northern Hemisphere)
Gregorian equivalentApril–May
Significant days
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Sivan →

Iyar (Hebrew: אִייָר‎ or אִיָּר‎, Standard ʾĪyyar Tiberian ʾĪyyār; 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 was called Ziv (1 Kings 6:1, 6:37). Ziv is a Hebrew word 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]


Jewish holidays

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See also


  1. ^ Muss-Arnolt, W (1892). "The Names of the Assyro-Babylonian Months and Their Regents". Journal of Biblical Literature. 11 (1): 72–94 [78]. (subscription only, free access at [1])
  2. ^ Nissan Mindel (2023). "Eli The High Priest". Chabad-Lubavitch Media Center. Retrieved 22 October 2023.
  3. ^ "The Twenty Eighth of Iyar". Archived from the original on 2021-10-27. Retrieved 2007-10-29.