how to say “the day before a holiday” in Hebrew

עֶרֶב חַג

In English, we have the expression on the eve of… meaning the day before an event, or the time leading up to it. Hebrew has the same, so that the day before a holiday – a holiday eve – is ערב חג .

For example:

אין לנו זמן לשבת בבית קפה היום – ערב חג.

We don’t have time to sit in a cafe today – it’s a holiday eve.

Note that it’s eveערב even though it’s still daylight.

Since it’s ערב חג הסוכות – Sukkot holiday eve – I’ll wish you:

חג שמח!

Happy holiday!

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