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Last Updated on November 3, 2021

Religious Holidays in Israel

Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze & Bahai Festivals

Jewish Holidays & Festivals 2016

Please note that Jewish holidays and festivals commence in the evening and continue through the following day (eve/day)

In the Diaspora the festivals of Passover, Shavuot & Sukkot have one extra day added at the end.  So if you are in Israel, the holiday will end one day earlier than that listed here.

  • Tu B’shvat:   25 January
  • Purim:  23/24 March
  • Passover:  22-30 April
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah): –  4/5 May
  • Israel Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron): – 10/11 May
  • Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut): – 11/12 May
  • Lag B’Omer: 25/26 May
  • Shavuot: –  11/13 May
  • Tisha B’Av: – 13/14 August
  • Rosh HaShanah: 2/3 & 4  October
  • Yom Kippur:  11/12 October
  • Sukkot:  16/23 October
  • Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah:  23-25 October
  • Hanukkah: 24 December  2016 – 1 January 2017

Christian Holidays & Festivals 2016

  • Ash Wednesday – 10 February
  • Palm Sunday – 20 March
  • Holy Thursday – 24 March
  • Good Friday- 25 March
  • Easter Sunday – 27 March
  • Easter Monday: 28 March
  • Ascension Day – 5 May
  • Pentecost – 15 May
  • Trinity Sunday – 22 May
  • Advent – 27 November
  • Christmas- 25 December

Muslim Holidays and Festivals 2016

  • Ramadan: – 7 June
  • Eid-Ul-Fitr: – 7 July
  • Eid-Ul-Adha: –  13 September
  • Al-Hijira: – 3 October
  • Ashura: 12 October
  • Milad un Nabi: – 12 December

Druze Holidays &  Festivals 2016

Druze celebrate Eid El Fitr, and Eid El-Adha (see Muslim festivals)

Bahai Holidays & Festivals 2016

  • Naw-Ruz (Baha’i New Year) — 20 March
  • Festival of Ridvan — 20 April
  • Declaration of the Bab — 23 May
  • Ascension of the Baha’u’llah — 28 May
  • Martyrdom of the Bab– 9 July
  • Birth of the Bab– 1 November
  • Birth of Baha’u’llah– 2 November
  • Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha – 28 May
  • 19 days of fasting: 2 -20 March


Learn New Hebrew Words & Phrases

Hebrew, English & Transliterations

English Transliteration Hebrew
Fast Tzom צום
Holiday or festival Chag חג
Festival eve Erev chag ערב חג
Intermediate days of a festival Chol ha’mo’ed חול המואד
New month Rosh ho’desh ראש חודש
New year Shana hadasha שנה חדשה
Greetings
Happy Sabbath Shabbat shalom שבת שלום
Happy holidays Chag sameach חג שמח
Happy new year Shana tova שנה טובה
Have an easy fast Tzom kal צום קל
May you be inscribed Chatima tova חתימה טובה
Have a good week Shavua tov שבוע טוב
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