New Year's Eve parties will be able to last longer than ever before next year, if a bill that passed a preliminary reading in the Knesset Wednesday becomes law.
The legislation proposed by MK Yoel Razbozov (Yesh Atid) would waive noise laws requiring quiet after 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve, or as it is known in Russian, Novy God.
The holiday was one of the few family-oriented ones celebrated in the Soviet Union, and many Israelis from the Former Soviet Union mark the day with family parties and meals.
Environmental Protection Minister Ze'ev Elkin said he supports the proposal and will ask the government to either support it or pass a government order on the matter.
Similar exceptions exist for Independence Day, Purim, Jerusalem Day, Lag Ba'Omer, and Mimouna, the post-Pessah holiday celebrated by Jews of Moroccan descent.
"Don't ignore Russian culture," Razbozov said, presenting the bill in the plenum. "This can be good news for over a million citizens coming from the FSU."