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Fun and festivities in Israel - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

Jerusalem: Temple Mount Many colorful festivals and festive events take place in Israel year after year. One of the most important festivities in the country is the Jewish New Year also called “Rosh Hashanah”. It is celebrated for two days; on the new moon of the first and second days of the Jewish autumn month “Tishrei”. During this holiday, it is common for the whole family to unite at the table with traditional Israeli dishes. Each dish symbolizes one wish: fruits of pomegranate tree for fertile land, fish heads for superiority in everything, round bread “halal” for health, apples and honey for happiness. On Rosh Hashanah, the Jews are invited to go to the synagogue. During the festive service, the “shofar” is blown calling for repentance and appearance before the Court of God.
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Another favorite Israeli celebration is Hanukkah. It is celebrated for eight days during the winter season of short nights. Hanukkah is designed to dispel the dank darkness. The main Hanukkah custom is the lighting of candles in a special candelabrum “Chanukiah”. The candles are lit up gradually: one is lit on the first day, two on the second day, and on the last, eight candles are lit. The candelabrum is then placed at the door of the house or on the window as a sign of a wonderful vessel with oil which has avoided the desecration of the Greeks. Fried doughnuts “Sufganiyot” or potato fritters “Levivot” are usually eaten on Hanukkah. During the holiday, children play with a four sided spinning top “Sevivon”. Each side bears a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the initials of the words that form the phrase “a great miracle happened there”.
Authentic Israeli festivals are of huge interest. One of the main celebrations is the annual festival of Israel in Jerusalem which brings together creative elites from different countries of the world. At the festival, there are performances by dance groups, orchestras and also theatrical productions. The festival of arts “Lights of Jerusalem”, also takes place in Jerusalem. The festival “Balabasta” is organized at the famous bazaar “Mahane Yehuda”. It involves representatives of creative professions, illusionists, fakirs and clowns. In the atmosphere of the oriental open-air bazaar, cheer hubbub of a carefree audience, the aromas of spices, the rhythms of music and the light of lanterns weave with one another. The event “Darom Adom” is held in the northern part of the Negev desert area in the month of February. Within the framework of the event, excursion tours, farmers’ fairs, seminars and creative master classes for children, cycling and concerts are organized. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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With the participation of theatricals of Jewish and Arab origin, the “Masrahid” monodrama festival is regularly held in the city of Akko. During the event, festive performances are staged by theater directors from Israel, Palestine and other Arab countries. They often become a launching pad for young actors and are a place for exchange of opinions by famous playwrights. In the process of celebrating, high-level political and societal problems are discussed. Every year, the International Puppet Theater and Film Festival is organized in Holon. The festival unites many puppet shows and films, creative workshops for children and other events. The largest dance event in Israel is the Karmiel Dance Festival, which brings together dancers from all over the world to participate in concerts of ethnic and folkloric dance, classical and modern, jazz, hip-hop, etc.
tel aviv at sunset In the historical region of Galilee, a cheerful celebration is held commemorating the useful properties of olives and products made from them. In dozens of local villages and settlements, festival guests can walk through the groves of olive trees, listen to legends relating to them, visit oil mills and learn the secrets of cooking olive oil. During the Hanukkah vacation, a ten-day festival “Ta’am Kinneret” is held in the Jordanian desert. During the festivity, restaurants and grocery shops are set up around Lake Kinneret. Culinary master classes are also held. The festival is attended by famous chefs, offering guests signature dishes and desserts. You can get to taste the traditional food of the first settlers of the area in the festival. The main dish of the festival is Hanukkah doughnuts.
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Uniques spots of Israel

Well of Jacob

From the series “The Surviving Artifacts of Jewish Civilization”
In Nablus, tourists will have an opportunity to visit the amazing sight, the old well, which have been associated by Jews with the name Jacob for more than 2 000 years. This well was found not far from the archaeological area of ​​Tel-Balat. It is quite deep; the rock-cut pit is 35 meters roughly estimated. According to the biblical writings, here Jesus met the Samaritan woman, which is described in the Gospel of John.

Currently, this amazing Biblical point of interest is on the territory of a large monastic complex. The well is hidden in the walls of the Greek Orthodox Church. The Well of Jacob is one of the few religious sites in the world that is worshipped by adherents of several religious movements, including Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Samaritans. The first church next to ... Read all

Tomb of Zechariah

From the series “The Surviving Artifacts of Jewish Civilization”
In the Kidron Valley, close to the Temple Mount, there is a unique object, the tomb of Zechariah. It was built during the time of the Second Temple. That’s one of the few monuments of the architecture that has been preserved to this day in its original form. The tomb is carved in the rock. That’s an equilateral cube, whose height is about 12.5 meters. According to Jewish tradition, this tomb belongs to the prophet Zechariah. As many other objects of the Kidron Valley, it is an important place of pilgrimage.

The tomb is a monolithic monument without the burial chamber. Therefore, there is no evidence that the great prophet was buried there. These contradictions do not make the monument less attractive for thousands of travelers. They all come here for the sole purpose - to worship the ... Read all
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Tel Aviv
Azrieli shopping and leisure center is also an interesting place. There is a variety of shops, halls with slot machines, attractive cafes and observatory with an observation deck that is popular among vacationers. In warmer months, concerts are often held on the center’s roof. There is also a modern cinema in the … Read more
Jerusalem
Jerusalem International YMCA is known as the most famous health center in the city. The park offers its customers a huge selection of complex programs and cosmetic procedures. There is also a swimming pool in the territory of the center, as well as several institutions dedicated to healthy eating. Fans of spa … Read more
Haifa
A walk through the local Haifa Educational Zoo would be pleasant too; both youngest visitors and their parents would enjoy it. Zoo is located in a hilly area and covers a vast territory; the habitat of animals is close to natural. Sports entertainment fans would like relaxing in the Hecht park, as it is ideal for … Read more
Netanya
Near the city, you'll find large Shefayim Water Park, which is mainly visited by vacationers with children. The total area of the water park is about 10 hectares, it is well equipped and surrounded by beautiful parks. For the convenience of visitors, the territory of the center is divided into several thematic zones. … Read more
Nazareth
Among fans of hiking through picturesque areas, one of the most popular attractions is Mount Favor located in the immediate vicinity of Nazareth. The slopes of this mountain are overgrown with ancient oaks, myrtles, and firs. These places are among the most beautiful in the area. During interesting tours, tourists … Read more
Eilat
Perhaps, King’s City Eilat is the most famous and popular entertainment complex in Eilat. The center is open in a large and incredibly beautiful building that resembles an old palace. The choice of amusements is nothing but incredible. In King’s City Eilat, visitors will be able to explore mysterious caves, make a … Read more

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