Top events in Israel

December
16

In homes, workplaces and in the street, hanukkiot candelabras are lit in the evening with one extra candle each night for a week....

February
20

2012 saw the city host its first international ice festival – an unusual event to find in a Middle Eastern city. Such was its popularity that an...

March
11

A week of shows featuring artists, singers and dancers are hosted at venues such as the YMCA Hall, the Jerusalem Theatre, the Gerard Bechar Centre...

Israel Public Holidays

Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

Public holiday note

Only the first and last days of Pesach and Sukkot are national holidays, but there may be some disruption on intermediate dates. Jewish festivals always commence on the evenings before the dates given below.

2016

March
24
Purim
Start date:
24 March 2016

Celebrated one day later in Jerusalem and all other ancient walled cities.

April
23
Pesach (Passover)
Start date:
23 April 2016
End date:
30 April 2016
May
12
Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day)
Start date:
12 May 2016
July
13
Shavuot (Pentecost)
Start date:
13 July 2016
October
03
Rosh Hashanah (New Year)
Start date:
3 October 2016
End date:
4 October 2016
October
12
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
Start date:
12 October 2016
October
17
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
Start date:
17 October 2016
End date:
23 October 2016
October
25
Simchat Torah
Start date:
25 October 2016

2017

March
12
Purim
Start date:
12 March 2017
April
11
Pesach (Passover)
Start date:
11 April 2017
End date:
17 April 2017
May
02
Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day)
Start date:
2 May 2017
May
31
Shavuot (Pentecost)
Start date:
31 May 2017
September
21
Rosh Hashanah (New Year)
Start date:
21 September 2017
End date:
22 September 2017
September
30
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
Start date:
30 September 2017
October
05
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
Start date:
5 October 2017
End date:
6 October 2017
October
13
Simchat Torah
Start date:
13 October 2017
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