Independence Day in Israel in 2020

Independence Day in Israel in 2020
  How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 223 days.
  Dates of Independence Day in Israel
2021 Israel Sat, Apr 17 Public Holiday
2020 Israel Wed, Apr 29 Public Holiday
2019 Israel Thu, May 9 Public Holiday
2018 Israel Thu, Apr 19 Public Holiday
2017 Israel Tue, May 2 Public Holiday
  Summary
Israeli Independence Day commemorates the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948
  Local name
Yom Ha'atzma'ut
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When is Independence Day in Israel?

Yom Ha'atzma'ut, Israeli Independence Day, commemorates the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948 and is the official national holiday of the state and the only official non-working day in Israel.

The holiday is celebrated on 5 Iyar according to the Jewish calendar or is transferred to the preceding Thursday if 5 Iyar falls on Friday or Saturday.

History of Israeli Independence Day

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.

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.

The juxtaposition of the two days is a key element of the experience of national independence, ensuring that the celebrations of independence are not fully separated from an awareness of the cost of the achievement, often gained through the sacrifice of the fallen and their families. 

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

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