Yom Haatzmaut – Israel’s 66th Independence Day May 5-6

Yom Haatzmaut – Israel’s 66th Independence Day May 5-6

Yom Haatzmaut is Israel’s Independence Day, a day of great celebration held every year on the day (in the Hebrew calendar) which, in 1948, Israel declared its independence. Across Israel, events and celebrations take place to mark Independence – both on a national scale and on a more local scale, with almost every city, town, and village, having some sort of celebration.

This year, Yom Haatzmaut falls from sundown on May 5th, to sundown on May 6th.

State Ceremony

The major State Ceremony takes place on the eve of Yom Haatzmaut at Mount Herzl, Israel’s National Ceremony in Jerusalem. This event marks the end of Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day, which falls immediately before), and the beginning of the celebration for Yom Haatzmaut. The ceremony involves performances, speeches, and a ceremonial lighting of twelve torches which symbolizes the twelve tribes of Israel by twelve citizens who have made a great impact upon the country.  At the same time, towns and cities across the country have parties and firework displays.

Celebrations of The Independence Day will be held in Rabin Square, starting at 21:00 on May  5th. It will feature the military band, and film clips from throughout Israel’s history will be presented on giant screens whilst fireworks paint the sky.

May 6th will be a holiday, and most restaurants will be open.

Israeli Air Force and seven planes will be seen at the sky at 12:00, and lasts around 45 minutes. Sea executive Suites has the best view in town! Be sure to watch this spectacular show


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