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Holidays in Israel, photo by Omer Messinger

The Jewish sababbath (Saturday) is the only official rest day of the week in all but Christian and moslem communities. Government and official places are always closed. The moslim count Friday as their rest day and for the Christian is Sunday. Some places are better to be filmed in certain days. It is important to pay attention to it before scheduling your filming.

All jewish religious holidays last from sunset to sunset. This effecrvly turns Friday into half day, or more accuretly a three quarter day in summer and a half day in winter. Civil servants stop work on Friday at 1:30 PM in winter 3:30PM in summer and do not work Saturdays. Sunday is their first day of the working week.

Orthodocs jews are forbidden by their religion to light fires on Saturday.

The streets of jewish cities are deserted on Saturday until after dusk. That is the time for the mass promenade especially of young people, the only true leisure time of the week.

The major jewish festivals are also public holidays.The Jewish calendar which is also the anchient Canaanite calendar is moon based.

In addition to the religious festivals, two days are commemorated in Israel wich are not part of the jewish religious calander. The first is holocaust rememberance day which is a half holiday. The other day which is a full public holiday is Israel independence day which falls on April or May according to the jewish calander.

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