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Independence Day in Israel

National and Public Holidays in Israel National Holiday in Israel

Israeli Independence Day commemorates the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948

When is Independence Day in Israel?

How long until Independence Day *?
This holiday next takes place in 143 Days.
Dates of Independence Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Wednesday
2019 Thursday
2018 Thursday
2017 Tuesday
2016 Thursday
2015 Thursday
Local Name
Yom Ha'atzma'ut
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Israeli Independence Day commemorates the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948
Related Holiday
Israeli Memorial Day

Yom Ha'atzma'ut, Israeli Independence Day, commemorates the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948.

It falls on the 5th day of the Jewish lunar month Iyyar.

The Gregorian date for the day in which Israel independence was proclaimed is May 14th, 1948 when David ben Gurion publicly read the Proclamation of the establishment of the State of Israel, and the end of the British Mandate in Israel.

When the 5th of Iyar falls on a Friday or Saturday, as in 2005, the official celebration may be moved to the preceding Thursday.

How is Independence Day in Israel celebrated?

An official ceremony is held every year on Mount Herzl on the eve of Yom Ha'atzma'ut. The ceremony include speeches from senior Israeli officials, an artistic part, a ritual march of soldiers carrying the Flag of Israel, forming elaborate structures (such as a Menorah, Magen David and a number which represents the age of Israel) and the lighting of twelve beacons (each for every one of the Tribes of Israel).

Each year, dozens of Israeli citizens who contributed to the state, are selected to light the beacons.

The annual international Bible Quiz competition finals take place after the ceremony.

A highlight of the day is the cross-country flyover of military jets and helicopters.

Independence Day is preceded by Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) which has been Israel's official remembrance day since it was enacted into law in 1963. As well as the traditional remembrance of those who have fallen while on active duty for their country, the day also commemorates the civilian victims of terrorism.

*Like other Jewish holidays, Yom Ha'atzma'ut will begin at sundown on the previous day.


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