Annual Sabbaths (ceremonial)

Special rest days in connection with the yearly festival cycle, not related to the seventh-day Sabbath or to the weekly cycle. Each of these other sabbaths, or days of rest, fell on a fixed day of the year, and thus on a different day of the week from one year to the next. They are therefore properly called annual sabbaths, in contrast with the weekly Sabbath. These days, on which work was forbidden “beside the sabbaths of the Lord” ( Lev. 23:38 ), were: 15th day, 1st month—1st day of Unleavened Bread ( Lev. 23:6–7 ). 21st day, 1st month—7th day of Unleavened Bread ( Lev. 23:8 ; cf. v 11 ). 6th day, 3rd month—Day of Pentecost ( Lev. 23:16 , 21 ). 1st day, 7th month—Feast of Trumpets ( Lev. 23:24 , 25 ). 10th day, 7th month—Day of Atonement ( Lev. 16:29–31 ). 15th day, 7th...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.