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Public Holidays in Israel in 2016

Israel List of National Public holidays of Israel in 2016

Day Date Holiday Comments
Thursday March 24 Purim
Saturday April 23 Passover (begins) Pesach
Friday April 29 Passover (ends) Pesach
Thursday May 12 Independence Day Yom HaAtzmaut
Sunday June 05 Jerusalem Day Marks the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War
Sunday June 12 Pentecost Shavuot
Sunday August 14 Fast of Ninth of Av Banks closed
Monday October 03 New Year Rosh HaShana
Tuesday October 04 New Year Rosh HaShana
Wednesday October 12 Day of Atonement Yom Kippur
Monday October 17 Sukkot Feast of Tabernacles
Monday October 24 Simchat Torah Celebrates the end of the annual cycle of Torah readings
Sunday December 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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