Israel's Independence Day


May 25, 2022

Israel's Independence Day (Hebrew: יום העצמאות, "Yom Ha-Atzmaut") is Israel's main national holiday, celebrated annually for the most part on January 5, according to the Jewish calendar, in commemoration of the proclamation of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948. ). Outside of Israel, May 14 is sometimes celebrated. Features of the celebration There are certain features and traditions of determining the date of this holiday. The holiday is always preceded by Remembrance Day (Yom Ha-zikaron), which is mostly celebrated on the 4th of January according to the Jewish calendar. It is always followed by the Independence Day of Israel the next day. Both days can change their date to a day sooner or later, by 3 and 4 yara or 5 and 6 respectively. If the 5th iyar falls on Shabbat or Friday, the 3rd and 4th iyars are celebrated. When Yom Ha-zikaron falls on a Sunday, both of these days are postponed to a day later.

Historical aspects

On May 14, 1948, about eight hours before the end of the British mandate in Palestine, the Declaration of Independence of Israel was signed and David Ben-Gurion (later the first Prime Minister of Israel) announced the creation of the State of Israel. This announcement was made following a decision of the UN General Assembly, Resolution 181 of November 29, 1947.

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