Top events in Israel

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...

October
03

Israel’s two-day New Year celebration is a family holiday, with gift giving. The year starts with festive evening meal, followed, for many,...

October
16

For one week, locals erect colourful little shelters called sukkot. These supposedly recall the simple shelters erected by Jews in...

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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