Israel Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.

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DateDayHoliday
12 MarSunPurim (פורים) - Is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews
10 AprMonPassover (פסח) - Pesach Begins. Is an important biblically derived Jewish holiday. Celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses
18 AprTuePassover (פסח) - Pesach ends.
2 MayTueIndependence Day (יום העצמאות) - Yom HaAtzmaut. Is the national day of Israel, commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948
24 MayWedJerusalem Day (יום ירושלים) - Yom Yerushalayim. Marks the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War
31 MayWedPentecost (Shavuot- שבועות) - Marks the end of the Counting of the Omer and the anniversary of the day when Jewish people received the Torah. Jewish observance that follows Passover by 50 days. It is the second of three major Jewish festivals. The other two are Passover and Sukkot
1 AugTueFast of Ninth of Av (Tisha B'Av in Israel) - Commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. The anniversary is marked by a day of mourning, prayer, fasting and abstinence from certain activities
21 SeptThursNew Year (ראש השנה) - Rosh HaShana. Jewish New Year, is the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month in the Hebrew calendar
22 SeptFriNew Year (Rosh HaShana) - 2nd Day
30 SeptSatDay of Atonement (יום כיפור) - Yom Kippur. Marks the end of the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) and falls on the 10th day of Tishrei (Tishri), the seventh month in the Jewish calendar
5 OctThursSukkot (סוכות) - Feast of Tabernacles. First day of Sukkot is the start of the Feast of Tabernacles period. The festival starts on 15th day of Tishri (or Tishrei) in the Jewish calendar
13 OctFriSimchat Torah - Celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle
13 DecWedHanukkah (חנוכה) - Marks the start of Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom

DateDayHoliday
16 MarSunPurim
15 AprTuePassover (begins) - Pesach
22 AprTuePassover (ends) - Pesach
6 MayTueIndependence Day - Yom HaAtzmaut
28 MayWedJerusalem Day - Yom Yerushalayim. Marks the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War
4 JunWedPentecost - Shavuot
5 AugTueFast of Ninth of Av - Commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem
25 SeptThursNew Year - Rosh HaShana
26 SeptFriNew Year - Rosh HaShana
4 OctSatDay of Atonement - Yom Kippur
9 OctThursSukkot - Feast of Tabernacles
16 OctThursSimchat Torah - Celebrates the end of the annual cycle of Torah readings
17 DecWedChanukah - The festival of Chanukah is a holiday period, but it is not a national holiday

DateDayHoliday
5 MarThursPurim
17 MarTuePublic Holiday - Allow voting in national elections
4 AprSatPassover (begins) - Pesach
10 AprFriPassover (ends) - Pesach
23 AprThursIndependence Day - Yom HaAtzmaut
17 MaySunJerusalem Day - Yom Yerushalayim. Marks the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War
24 MaySunPentecost - Shavuot
26 JulSunFast of Ninth of Av - Commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem
14 SeptMonNew Year - Rosh HaShana
15 SeptTueNew Year - Rosh HaShana
23 SeptWedDay of Atonement - Yom Kippur
28 SeptMonSukkot - Feast of Tabernacles
5 OctMonSimchat Torah - Celebrates the end of the annual cycle of Torah readings
7 DecMonChanukah - The festival of Chanukah is a holiday period, but it is not a national holiday

DateDayHoliday
24 MarThursPurim
24 AprSunPassover (begins) - Pesach
30 AprSatPassover (ends) - Pesach
12 MayThursIndependence Day - Yom HaAtzmaut
5 JunSunJerusalem Day - Yom Yerushalayim. Marks the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War
13 JunMonPentecost - Shavuot
14 AugSunFast of Ninth of Av - Commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem
3 OctMonNew Year - Rosh HaShana
4 OctTueNew Year - Rosh HaShana
12 OctWedDay of Atonement - Yom Kippur
18 OctTueSukkot - Feast of Tabernacles
25 OctTueSimchat Torah - Celebrates the end of the annual cycle of Torah readings
25 DecSunChanukah - The festival of Chanukah is a holiday period, but it is not a national holiday

DateDayHoliday
1 MarThursPurim
31 MarSatPassover (begins) - Pesach
7 AprSatPassover (ends) - Pesach
19 AprThursIndependence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut)
13 MaySunJerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim. Marks the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War)
20 MaySunPentecost (Shavuot)
22 JulSunFast of Ninth of Av (Commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem)
10 SeptMonNew Year (Rosh HaShana)
11 SeptTueNew Year (Rosh HaShana)
19 SeptWedDay of Atonement (Yom Kippur)
24 SeptMonSukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
2 OctTueSimchat Torah (Celebrates the end of the annual cycle of Torah readings)
3 DecMonChanukah (The festival of Chanukah is a holiday period, but it is not a national holiday)

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