Top events in Israel

August
01

Held in August, this week-long festival sees evening performances by top Israeli classical, Jazz and Klezmer performers. It is held in the Jewish...

August
05

Jerusalem's big annual arts, crafts and folklore festival has been running for over 30 years and is one of the summer’s most popular events. More...

September
13

Judaism’s holiest day is a time of fasting, repentance and prayer. The country closes down for 25 hours and it is a special experience as the...

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
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