Israelis take to the streets on Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the Israeli calendar. For many that means a day of fasting and prayer. For others it’s a unique chance to enjoy the empty roads.

Haim Silberstein

(Israel21c) – At Yom Kippur, Israel grinds to a halt. For 25 hours, schools, restaurants and businesses shut down, roads empty out as driving is prohibited, and there are no buses, no trains, and no planes.

Known as the Day of Atonement, it’s the holiest day in the Jewish calendar when religious Israelis across the country fast and pray, asking for forgiveness.

For others, the abandoned highways beckon, becoming a playground for people of all ages to cycle, rollerblade, skateboard, and even do yoga.

This year, Yom Kippur begins on Wednesday 15th September, and ends just after sunset on Thursday 16th September. It’s a day like no other, and it’s completely unique around the world. Click on the video and find out what this special day of the year looks like.