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Holidays & Observances in Israel

Israel is a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea. It is the only country in the world with a Jewish majority population. Judaism is an important part of everyday life in Israel. The Hebrew calendar is used on a daily basis and the work holidays are determined by Jewish holidays. Many businesses close on Saturdays in Israel to observe the Sabbath. The capitol city of Jerusalem is important to Christianity and Islam in addition to Judaism, so holidays for all of those religions are celebrated to some extent. Israel has been involved in conflicts with its Arab neighbors since its conception, but holidays are celebrated with great enthusiasm despite the conflicts.

 

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Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Common Observance Observance Type Religion/Belief
Purim Purim Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
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Passover Passover Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Yom HaShoah Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Yom Ha’atzmaut Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) Public, Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Lag BaOmer Lag BaOmer Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Shavuot Shavuot Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Tisha B'Av Tisha B'Av Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Yom Kippur Yom Kippur Public, Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
First Day of Sukkot Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Public, Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Shemini Atzeret Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Public, Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Simchat Torah Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
DST ends Daylight Saving Time Time Related
Hanukkah (Holiday of Lights) Hanukkah Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Tu B'Shevat Tu B'Shevat Religious/Beliefs Judiasm