WATCH: Israelis Take to the Streets for Yom Kippur

Bike rides and walks through Tel Aviv's empty streets as Israel grinds to a halt for Yom Kippur.

Ofer Vaknin

Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is the holiest of Jewish holidays, when observant Jews atone for the sins of the past year. Traffic is not allowed during the 25-hour long period, which came to an end Wednesday evening, and even Israelis with no connection to religion tend to put their normal lives on hold for the day.

A local secular tradition has evolved and non-observant Israelis use the lull in modern life as chance to walk the empty streets, and bike riding is common in urban centers like Tel Aviv.