Yom Ha’atzmaut, or Israeli Independence Day, commemorates Israel’s declaration of independence on the Hebrew date of Iyar 5th, 5708 (May 14, 1948). Large commemorative celebrations are common throughout Israel, and smaller celebrations, especially among Israelis are common in the diaspora. The holiday is only celebrated on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, and is adjusted accordingly if it falls on another day of the week.
The Day of Remembrance for slain IDF soldiers will begin Tuesday evening and be followed by Israel’s 64th Independence Day.
Yom Haatzmaut is a day of great celebration held every year in late April or early May – on the day (in the Hebrew calendar) which, in 1948, Israel declared its independence. Across Israel, events and celebrations take place to mark Independence – both on a national scale and on a more local scale, with almost every city, town, and village, having some sort of celebration. In this 2012, Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) falls from sundown on April 25, to sundown on April 26.
The Israeli Flag stands tall on Yom Haatzmaut. Image: Yehudaco, via Flickr The major State Ceremony for Yom Haatzmaut takes place on the eve of Yom Haatzmaut at Mount Herzl, Israel’s National Ceremony in Jerusalem. This event marks the end of Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s memorial day, which falls immediately before), and the beginning of the celebration for Yom Haatzmaut. The ceremony involves performances, speeches, and a ceremonial lighting of twelve torches which symbolizes the Twelve tribes of Israel by twelve citizens who have made a great impact upon the country. At the same time, towns and cities across the country have parties and firework displays. The following day, parades and events take place across Israel including military fly-pasts, parades, a famous International Bible Competition, and the ceremony for the Israel Prize which is Israel’s highest award and honor. The Israel Prize is given each year to about 10-15 people in the presence of the presence of the President, Prime Minister, the Knesset chairperson, and the Supreme Court president. Yom Haatzmaut is a real family day, and Israelis flock to Israel’s National Parks, hiking trails, and beauty spots, for barbecues and picnics.
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