The Best Things to Do in Jerusalem in April
Jerusalem events in April are usually highlighted by several major religious holidays that usually occur in this month, and the fact that it's spring - expect pomp, ceremony, and lots of outdoor fun.
Here are some of some of the best things to do in April:
In ancient times, the whole nation would come to the city to celebrate Passover in the Temple.
These days, the Jewish holiday of Passover still means not only traditional family-centered rituals, but also a week of vacation for almost the entire country. With the advent of spring-like weather, there's always an abundance of Jerusalem events and fairs of all kinds for people to enjoy during the intervening days of the holiday, a period known as chol hamoed.
Experience a traditional Passover Seder by joining a local family, or participating in one in your hotel. Most hotels will have Passover Seder arrangements, if you book ahead of time. If you'd like to have your own Seder, you might enjoy the following free "Passover Seder Wizard" helpful and inspiring.
A highlight of Passover is the Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall. It's a memorable event that about 70,000 people attend each year. Don't like crowds? Stay away. If you don't mind and think the crowds add to atmosphere and the spirit of this national blessing - don't pass this up!
The first and last days of Passover are official holidays. The intervening days are "semi-holidays". Many stores will close early or may not be open. This is particularly true of some restaurants, which, given the culinary rules of the holiday, may be closed the entire week.
Since the whole country is on vacation, expect large crowds in Jerusalem – but that simply adds to the exciting holiday atmosphere during these days.