Memorial Day in Israel in 2020

Memorial Day in Israel in 2020
  How long until Memorial Day?
This holiday next takes place in 142 days.
  Dates of Memorial Day in Israel
2021 Israel Fri, Apr 16 Not A Public Holiday
2020 Israel Tue, Apr 28 Not A Public Holiday
2019 Israel Wed, May 8 Not A Public Holiday
2018 Israel Wed, Apr 18 Not A Public Holiday
2017 Israel Mon, May 1 Not A Public Holiday
  Summary
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.

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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