This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Israel. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
February 10 Monday Tu BiShvat Observance

A Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. The day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration.

March 10 Tuesday Purim Public holiday

A Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews. Celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar

April 4 Saturday Yom HaAliyah Observance

An Israeli national holiday celebrated annually on the tenth of the Hebrew month of Nisan and also observed on the seventh of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, to commemorate the historic events of the Jewish People entering the Land of Israel as written in the Bible.

April 9 Thursday Pesach I Public holiday

First day of Passover. A major, biblically derived Jewish holiday commemorates of their liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. Begins on the 15th day of Nisan.

April 15 Wednesday Pesach VII Public holiday

The last day of Passover marks the end of a Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.

April 21 Tuesday Yom HaShoah Observance

Known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. It is held on the 27th of Nisan.

April 28 Tuesday Yom Hazikaron Observance

Israel's official remembrance day. Yom Hazikaron has been traditionally dedicated to fallen soldiers, commemoration has also been extended to civilian victims of terrorism.

April 29 Wednesday Yom Ha-Atzmaut Public holiday

The national day of Israel, commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. Celebrated on 5 Iyar (Hebrew calendar)

May 12 Tuesday Lag BaOmer Observance

A Jewish holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar.

May 22 Friday Jerusalem Day Observance

It's an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War.

May 29 Friday Shavuot Public holiday

The Jewish holiday that occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan. It marks the all-important wheat harvest in the Land of Israel and the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel

July 9 Thursday Fast of Shiva Asar B'Tammuz Observance

The Seventeenth of Tammuz is a Jewish fast day commemorating the breach of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple. It falls on the 17th day of the 4th Hebrew month of Tammuz and marks the beginning of the three-week mourning period leading up to Tisha B'Av.

September 19 Saturday Rosh Hashana Public holiday

The Jewish New Year

September 20 Sunday Rosh Hashana II Public holiday

2nd day of the Jewish New Year

September 28 Monday Yom Kippur Public holiday

The Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement for personal and national sins and repentance.

October 3 Saturday Sukkot I Public holiday

A biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month, Tishrei (varies from late September to late October).One of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals

October 9 Friday Shemini Atzeret Public holiday

Shemini Atzeret - Jewish holiday devoted to the spiritual aspects of the festival of Sukkot. Celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei in the Land of Israel.

October 10 Saturday Simchat Torah Public holiday

A Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. Culmination of Sukkot. Celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei in the Land of Israel.

December 11 Friday Hanukkah I Observance

A Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

December 18 Friday Hanukkah VIII Observance

The last day of Hanukkah. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom.

Holidays in Israel in 2020

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Israel. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
February 10 Monday Tu BiShvat Observance

A Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. The day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration.

March 10 Tuesday Purim Public holiday

A Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews. Celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar

April 4 Saturday Yom HaAliyah Observance

An Israeli national holiday celebrated annually on the tenth of the Hebrew month of Nisan and also observed on the seventh of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, to commemorate the historic events of the Jewish People entering the Land of Israel as written in the Bible.

April 9 Thursday Pesach I Public holiday

First day of Passover. A major, biblically derived Jewish holiday commemorates of their liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. Begins on the 15th day of Nisan.

April 15 Wednesday Pesach VII Public holiday

The last day of Passover marks the end of a Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.

April 21 Tuesday Yom HaShoah Observance

Known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. It is held on the 27th of Nisan.

April 28 Tuesday Yom Hazikaron Observance

Israel's official remembrance day. Yom Hazikaron has been traditionally dedicated to fallen soldiers, commemoration has also been extended to civilian victims of terrorism.

April 29 Wednesday Yom Ha-Atzmaut Public holiday

The national day of Israel, commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. Celebrated on 5 Iyar (Hebrew calendar)

May 12 Tuesday Lag BaOmer Observance

A Jewish holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar.

May 22 Friday Jerusalem Day Observance

It's an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War.

May 29 Friday Shavuot Public holiday

The Jewish holiday that occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan. It marks the all-important wheat harvest in the Land of Israel and the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel

July 9 Thursday Fast of Shiva Asar B'Tammuz Observance

The Seventeenth of Tammuz is a Jewish fast day commemorating the breach of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple. It falls on the 17th day of the 4th Hebrew month of Tammuz and marks the beginning of the three-week mourning period leading up to Tisha B'Av.

September 19 Saturday Rosh Hashana Public holiday

The Jewish New Year

September 20 Sunday Rosh Hashana II Public holiday

2nd day of the Jewish New Year

September 28 Monday Yom Kippur Public holiday

The Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement for personal and national sins and repentance.

October 3 Saturday Sukkot I Public holiday

A biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month, Tishrei (varies from late September to late October).One of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals

October 9 Friday Shemini Atzeret Public holiday

Shemini Atzeret - Jewish holiday devoted to the spiritual aspects of the festival of Sukkot. Celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei in the Land of Israel.

October 10 Saturday Simchat Torah Public holiday

A Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. Culmination of Sukkot. Celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei in the Land of Israel.

December 11 Friday Hanukkah I Observance

A Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

December 18 Friday Hanukkah VIII Observance

The last day of Hanukkah. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom.

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