National Israel Holidays
A list of Public and Bank Holidays

Public Israel holidays are a fantastic time to visit and sight-see.

music and fun during pesach holiday in Caesarea Israel

On most of the holidays, city streets are decorated, many museums are open and there are holiday events for both adults and children.

Public Israel holidays are different than public holidays anywhere else. Israel is the only country in the world whose national holidays are primarily based on Jewish holidays, which start at sunset and end the following evening.

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2019 and 2020 Public Holidays in Israel

Here is a list of the dates of all the bank and public Israel holidays. Especially if you are a business traveler, check out the dates below before your planned visit.

2019 Bank and Public Holidays in Israel

Thu. March 21

Purim

Banks and public institutions are closed, except in Jerusalem. Most companies work

Fri. March 22 

Shushan Purim (celebrated in Jerusalem)

Banks, public institutions and most businesses in Jerusalem are closed

Sat. Apr. 20 

Eve of Pesach - Passover

Saturday all is closed as usual

Sun. Apr. 21

Pesach - Passover

Full day off 

Mon. - Thu. Apr. 22 - 25

Chol Hamoed Pesach - Passover Intermediate Days

Public institutions are closed. Most companies work half or full days.

Fri. Apr. 26

Eve of Last Day of Pesach - Passover

Half or full day off

Sat. Apr. 27

Last Day of Pesach - Passover

Full day off (as usual on Saturday)

Wed. May 8

Eve of Israel Independence Day, Israel Memorial Day

Half or full day off

Thu. May 9

Israel Independence Day

Full day off

Sun. Jun. 9

Eve of Shavuot - Pentecost

Half or Full Day Off 

Mon. Jun. 10 

Shavuot - Pentecost

Full Day Off

Sun. Aug. 11

Tisha B'Av - Day of Fast

Banks and public institutions are closed. Most companies work.

Sun. Sep. 29

Eve of Rosh Hashana - Jewish New Year 

Half or Full Day Off

Mon. - Tue. Sep. 30 - Oct 1

Rosh Hashana - Jewish New Year 

Full Day Off (2 days)

Tue. Oct. 8

Eve of Yom Kippur -  Day of Atonement

Half or Full Day Off

Wed. Oct. 9

Yom Kippur -  Day of Atonement

Full Day Off.  No transportation. Read more on Yom Kippur in Israel.

Sun. Oct. 13

Eve of Sukkot - Tabernacles

Half of Full Day Off

Mon. Oct. 14

Sukkot - Tabernacles

Full Day Off

Tue - Fri. Oct. 15 -18

Chol Hamoed Sukkot - Tabernacles Intermediate Days 

Public institutions are closed. Most companies work half or full days.

Mon. Oct. 21

Eve of Last Day of Sukkot - Hoshana Raba

Half or Full Day Off

Tue. Oct 22

Last Day of Sukkot - Simchat Torah

Full Day Off

Mon. Dec 23 - Mon. Dec 30

Hanuka

Most companies work full days. Schools are closed for some days.


2020 Bank and Public Holidays in Israel

Tue. March 3

Purim

children play with noisy rattles on Purim holiday

Banks and public institutions are closed, except in Jerusalem. Most companies work

Wed. March

Shushan Purim (celebrated in Jerusalem)

Most businesses in Jerusalem are closed. Normal work day in the rest of Israel.

Wed. Apr. 8 

Eve of Pesach - Passover

On the eve of Pesasch holiday, Jews have a Seder meal with a special Seder plate

Half or Full Day Off

Thu. Apr. 9

Pesach - Passover

Full day off 

Sun. - Mon. Apr. 12 - 13

on Passover holiday Jews read from the Haggadah of Pesach

Chol Hamoed Pesach - Passover Intermediate Days

happy passover holiday

Public institutions are closed. Most companies work half or full days.

Tue. Apr. 14

Eve of Last Day of Pesach - Passover

4 glasses of wine are drunk on Passover night

Half or full day off

Wed. Apr. 15

Last Day of Pesach - Passover

on the 7 days of Passover holiday, Jews eat matzah

Full day off 

Tue. Apr 28

Eve of Israel Independence Day, Israel Memorial Day

Israel Memorial Day is also the even of Israel Independence day holiday

Half or full day off

Wed. Apr 29

Israel Independence Day

the Israeli flag is a symbol of Israel's national independence day

Full day off

Thu. May. 28

Eve of Shavuot - Pentecost

Half or Full Day Off 

Fri. May 29 

Shavuot - Pentecost

Shavuot or Pentecost is the Jewish holiday commemorating the giving of the Ten Commandments and the Torah to Moses

Full Day Off

Thu. Jul. 7

Tisha B'Av - Day of Fast

Banks and public institutions are closed. Most companies work.

Fri. Sep. 18

Eve of Rosh Hashana - Jewish New Year 

on the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashana holiday, a special blessing is made on wine

Half or Full Day Off

Sun. Sep. 20 

Rosh Hashana - Jewish New Year (2nd day)

on Rosh Hashana the Jewish New Year holiday Jews eat apples with honey

Full Day Off 

Sun. Sep. 27

Eve of Yom Kippur -  Day of Atonement

Challah bread is eaten on the even of Yom Kippur and all Jewish holidays and on Sabbath Eve

Half or Full Day Off

Mon. Sep. 28

Yom Kippur -  Day of Atonement

The shofar is blown on Yom Kippur, as well as on Rosh Hashana

Full Day Off.  No transportation. Read more on Yom Kippur in Israel.

Fri. Oct. 2

Eve of Sukkot - Tabernacles

the 4 species are an icon of Sukkot holiday

Half or Full Off

Sat. Oct. 3

Sukkot - Tabernacles

Full Day Off (as usual on Saturday)

Sun - Thu. Oct. 4 -8

Jews eat in a Sukka hut during the holiday of Sukkot - Tabernacles

Chol Hamoed Sukkot - Tabernacles Intermediate Days 

On the holiday of Sukkot or Tabernacles, Jews celebrate with 4 plant species including the lulav from the date palm tree

Public institutions are closed. Most companies work half or full days.

Fri. Oct. 9

Eve of Last Day of Sukkot - Hoshana Raba

a citron or etrog is one of the symbols of Sukkot holiday

Half or Full Day Off

Sat. Oct 10

Last Day of Sukkot - Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah, the last day of Sukkot celebrates the Torah

Full Day Off (as usual on Saturday)

Mon. Dec 10 - Mon. Dec 18

Hanuka

On the holiday of Hanuka, Jews light the menorah for 8 days

Most companies work full days. Schools are closed for some days.


Yom Kippur is Unique in Israel

Once a year, almost of Israel shuts down on Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday that falls somewhere between mid  September to midOctober. Around 4 – 5 PM on the eve of Yom Kippur, the country goes quiet as almost all private cars and motor bikes stop running.

israel holidays - yom kippur kids bike on tel aviv streets day and night

photo courtesy of Yoni Lerner

The streets and highways around Tel Aviv fill up with kids biking and families strolling the normally buzzing boulevards.

There is an amazing and tranquil atmosphere until sundown the next day. It's my favorite day of the year, since I moved to Israel.


Sabbath Eve and Israel Holiday Eve 

All Jewish holidays begin on the sundown before the actual holiday date. That's the reason that the holiday eve is also a full or a half vacation day. 

Like the eves of Israel holidays, the Jewish Sabbath also begins on the sundown of Friday. So many banks and institutions are closed on Friday or are open half a day on Friday mornings until the early afternoon. 


'Chol HaMoed' - Intermediate' Holiday Days 

Chol HaMoed -  'Intermediate' Holidays

Like holiday eves, there are two 'intermediate' holidays (called in Hebrew 'Hol HaMoed) when banks and other official places are closed, either all day or on the afternoon. 

Want a short description of Jewish holidays? Lean more here.  


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