Israel Memorial Day around the world in 2022

Israel Memorial Day around the world in 2022

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Israel Memorial Day
  Dates of Israel Memorial Day around the world
2023 IsraelMay 8
Israel Mon, May 8Not A Public Holiday
2022 IsraelMay 4
Israel Wed, May 4Not A Public Holiday
2021 IsraelApr 14
Israel Wed, Apr 14Not A Public Holiday
2020 IsraelApr 28
Israel Tue, Apr 28Not A Public Holiday
2019 IsraelMay 8
Israel Wed, May 8Not A Public Holiday

Israel's official remembrance day is commemorated on the day before Independence day

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When is Memorial Day in Israel?

Yom Hazikaron - Memorial Day - or Israel Fallen Soldiers Remembrance Day is observed on the 4th of the month of Iyar on the Hebrew calendar. This means it is observed on the day before Independence Day. If Independence Day falls on Friday or Saturday, Memorial Day will move to the Wednesday before.

It is not a public holiday but has been Israel's official remembrance day since it was enacted into law in 1963.

History of Memorial Day in Israel

It always precedes the next day's subsequent celebrations of Israel Independence Day, the Yom Haatzmaut of the 5th of Iyar for the annual holiday of the Public Proclamation of the State of Israel of 1948.

Memorial Day honours veterans and fallen soldiers of the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Force who died in the modern Arab Israeli conflict.

Nowadays, Memorial Day also commemorates fallen civilians, slain by acts of hostile terrorism.

Memorial Day is a statutory holiday; by law, all places of entertainment are closed on the eve of Yom Hazikaron. Broadcasting and educational bodies will mark the sombre of the day.

Restaurants reopen in the evening - partly because the Independence Day festivities begin at sunset, but also because some people may have travelled far to visit the grave of a fallen soldier friend or family member and may require refreshments.

Commemoration ceremonies are held across the country and TV and radio are devoted to the commemoration of those who have fallen. Flags throughout the country are lowered to half-mast. Public transport for those going to military cemeteries is free of charge.

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