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Around the world: Yom Kippur, or a day when life in Israel stands still

It would seem impossible to make motorists use bikes. However, in Israel it happens: on Yom Kippur, or "Day of Atonement", not only the city roads but also the train stations and airports are empty.

Yom Kippur, or a day when life in Israel stands still

This day public transport does not work, music on the radio does not sound, TV broadcasting stops and shops does not open.

Environmentalists estimated that on this day the air pollution is reduced by 99% due to the minimization of emissions. No bad smell, good visibility and complete silence without annoying noises – this fairytale lasts one day. The citizens gladly walk through the deserted streets, many go cycling, roller skating and skateboarding.

There is no official ban on driving on this day, but hardly anybody would dare to get behind the wheel, because the main arteries of the city are literally occupied by two-wheeled transport. The only exceptions are ambulances, fire engines and rescue service. In the case of a threat to life or health, the necessary assistance will be provided promptly.

Bikers on the roads

On the day of Yom Kippur, the Israelis refrain from eating and drinking from sunset before the appearance of the third star in the sky. It is not allowed to work and make love, wear leather shoes, bathe and even brush your teeth, put makeup on the face.

Of course, to visit the country on the day of Yom Kippur as a tourist is not a good idea. The cities with non-viable infrastructure look surreal, but at the same time, there are a number of domestic problems: it is difficult to eat anywhere, service sector does not work on this day. However, for guests some hotels organize buffet prepared beforehand.

Yom Kippur, or a day when life in Israel stands still