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How ‘the Sylvester’ on December 31 became one of the favorite holidays for some Israelis and why so many other Israelis hate it with a passion

Elon Gilad
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Elon Gilad

In Israel, the 31st of December is the battleground of a culture war, at least in normal years when there isn’t a lockdown in place. For many Israelis this is a beloved holiday featuring merrymaking and heavy drinking and celebrated, as it is around the world, in parties, festive meals and of course the customary countdown to midnight.

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