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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

As a predominately Jewish country, most public holidays in Israel are based on traditional Hebrew culture. Entitlement to paid holidays is determined by provisions set forth in employment contracts or union bargaining agreements. All Jewish employees are entitled to nine paid holidays per year. Many national holidays are celebrated countrywide, although cultural and religious observances are recognized in specific regions.

National holidays include Election Day and Pesach, the first day of Passover. The remaining six days of Passover are regarded as Hebrew observances. The country recognizes additional national holidays including Yom HaAtzmaut, known as Independence Day; Shavuot Pentecost; Rosh Hashanah, the Hebrew New Year; Yom Kippur and the first day of Sukkot. The remaining days of Sukkot are deemed Hebrew observances. Significant observances include the Feast of Esther, Holocaust Memorial Day, Jerusalem Day and the eight days of Hanukkah.

Labor Laws in Israel

All employees are required to enter into a binding employment contract. The contract establishes terms of employment, wages and employment benefits including entitlement to national holidays and annual leave. Working days in Israel are Sunday through Thursday, for a maximum of five days per week. If an employee works a six-day week, Friday is included. Fridays are normally short days, ending at approximately 2:00 pm, in order to allow employees time to observe Shabbat.

Israel’s Minimum Wage Law, which is updated periodically states that all employees shall be paid at least the legally-established minimum wage. The current monthly minimum wage for a full-time employee working an average of 186 hours per month is equivalent to US$1,070.

Rest Days and Annual Leave

According to Israel’s labor laws, a normal work week shall not exceed 43 hours over a five or six day period. All employees are entitled to overtime compensation calculated on a daily basis. Overtime compensation for the first two hours worked is paid at 125 percent of an employee’s normal salary. Additional hours are compensated at 150 percent. The official Jewish day of rest, called the Sabbath is observed from Friday afternoon until Saturday night. The law states that the Sabbath must include at least 36 consecutive hours. Israeli law strictly prohibits employees from working during the Sabbath without first obtaining a permit. Working during the Sabbath may result in criminal sanctions.

In Israel, all employees are entitled to annual paid leave. The number of days allowed varies, depending on the length of employment. The law provides that all workers are entitled to between 10 and 23 days of paid leave per year.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
11 AprTuePassover
17 AprMonSeventh day of Passover
2 MayTueIndependence Day
31 MayWedFeast of Shavuot (Pentecost)
21 SepThuRosh Hashanah (New Year) 1st Day
22 SepFriRosh Hashanah (New Year) 2nd Day
30 SepSatYom Kippur / Day of Atonement
5 OctThuFirst Day of Sukkot (Tabernacles)
12 OctThuLast Day of Sukkot (Tabernacles)