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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

Common Observance Country Holiday Observance Type Holiday Date
Yom Kippur Yom Kippur National, Federal, Bank, Public
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) First Day of Sukkot National, Federal, Bank, Public
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Shemimi Atzeret / Simchat Torah National, Federal, Bank, Public
Daylight Saving Time DST ends Time Related
Hanukkah Hanukkah (Holiday of Lights) Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Tu B'Shevat Tu B'Shevat Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Daylight Saving Time DST starts Time Related
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Yom HaShoah Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) Yom Ha’atzmaut National, Federal, Bank, Public
Lag BaOmer Lag BaOmer Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Tisha B'Av Tisha B'Av Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs