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Public Holidays in Israel in 2016

Israel Upcoming Public Holidays in Israel

Independence Day
Independence Day

12 May 2016 This National holiday is in 9 days. Israeli Independence Day commemorates the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948

Pentecost
Pentecost

12 June 2016 This National holiday is in 40 days. Shavuot is one of the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals. Also known as the Feast of W...

Fast of Ninth of Av
Fast of Ninth of Av

14 August 2016 This National holiday is in 103 days. Tisha B'Av. Commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem

Israel List of National Public holidays of Israel in 2016

Day Date Holiday Comments
Thursday March 24 Mar 24 Purim
Saturday April 23 Apr 23 Passover (begins) Pesach
Friday April 29 Apr 29 Passover (ends) Pesach
Thursday May 12 May 12 Independence Day Yom HaAtzmaut
Sunday June 05 Jun 5 Jerusalem Day Marks the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War
Sunday June 12 Jun 12 Pentecost Shavuot
Sunday August 14 Aug 14 Fast of Ninth of Av Commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem
Monday October 03 Oct 3 New Year Rosh HaShana
Tuesday October 04 Oct 4 New Year Rosh HaShana
Wednesday October 12 Oct 12 Day of Atonement Yom Kippur
Monday October 17 Oct 17 Sukkot Feast of Tabernacles
Monday October 24 Oct 24 Simchat Torah Celebrates the end of the annual cycle of Torah readings
Sunday December 25 Dec 25 Chanukah The festival of Chanukah is a holiday period, but it is not a national holiday

Key

National Holiday
Not a Public Holiday

Notes

  • Only the first and last days of Passover and Sukkot are national holidays, but there may be some disruption on intermediate dates; many shops and businesses may open but close early.
  • The festival of Chanukah is a holiday period, but it is not a national holiday - businesses remain open.
  • Jewish festivals always commence on the evenings before the dates given above.

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