Memorial Day in Israel

National and Public Holidays in Israel National Holiday in Israel

On 9 May, Israel and other countries celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War

When is Memorial Day in Israel?

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Dates of Memorial Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Wednesday
2019 Thursday
2018 Thursday
2017 Tuesday
2016 Thursday
Local Name
Yom Hazikaron
1 Day
Israel's official remembrance day is commemorated on the day before Independence Day
Related Holiday
Independence Day

Yom Hazikaron - Memorial Day - or Israel Fallen Soldiers Remembrance Day is observed on the 4th of the month of Iyar on the Hebrew calendar.

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.

It honors veterans and fallen soldiers of the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Force who died in the modern Arab Israeli conflict.

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

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.

Commemoration ceremonies are held across the country and TV and radio are devoted to the commemoration of those who have fallen.

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