Aerial view of Atonement Day in the center of Tel Aviv, near Azrieli Shopping Mall and the Ministry of Defence.
Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur in Hebrew – is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer.
There are no radio or television broadcasts, airports are shut down, there is no public transportation, and all shops and businesses are closed.
Over the last few decades, bicycle-riding and inline skating on the empty streets have become common among secular Israeli youngsters, especially on the eve of Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv and Israel in general.
Yom Kippur is very unique spiritual and social experience.