The Israeli Independence Day (Yom Haatzmaut – יום העצמאות) is the national holiday of Israel celebrating its Declaration of Independence and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. It also marks the expiry of the British Mandate for Palestine. Every Jew worldwide remembers this significant event in their history as a nation.
When is Israeli Independence Day 2014
The Israeli Independence Day, yom haatzmaut, will celebrate its 66th anniversary on Tuesday, 6th of May 2014 in the Gregorian calendar.
The Israeli Independence Day eve formally begins on the nightfall of Monday 5th of May 2014 and continues until the evening of Tuesday, 6th of May 2014.
The Israeli Independence Day falls on Monday evening of 5th day of the month of Iyyar, (right after the Israeli Memorial Day) until the Tuesday evening of 6th day of the month of Iyyar in the Hebrew calendar.
The Establishment of Israeli Independence Day
The Israeli Independence Day is also known as “Yom Ha’Atzmaut” in the Hebrew language. This momentous event for the Jews revolves around the entire formal Proclamation of the Establishment of the State of Israel or the Israeli Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948 (5 of Iyyar 5708 in Hebrew calendar) by the Executive head of the World Zionist Organization and the first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion.
Israeli Independence Day was declared a full holiday in a law decreed in Knesset (Legislative branch of Israeli government) in 1949. It is considered as the only full holiday decreed by law without an ancient tradition of hundreds or thousands of years.
Israeli Independence Day Highlights
Over the years, the manner and traditions accompanied with the celebration of Israeli Independence Day evolves into more lively and joyful activities. One earmark of this event is the family picnics where over a million people pours into every scenic spot all over the country.
Days before the Independence Day is celebrated, every houses, cars, and landmarks are waving and flapping their Israeli flags. There are parties, dane and musical performance on the streets and fireworks display on the eve of Israeli Independence Day.
On the day itself, there is a formal state celebration headed by the government officials and country leaders who opens up for the celebration with the festive flyover of air force jets crossing over the country showcasing various aircrafts and fighter jets in the skies of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv before the eyes of millions of Jews.
National heritage sites are also open to the public during the day including the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) camps so they a chance to have a sneak peak with navy ships, tanks, and other weaponry.
Israeli Independence Day 2015
The Israeli Independence Day will fall on the evening of Wednesday, 22nd of April and continues until the evening of Thursday, 23rd of April 2015 in the Gregorian calendar.
The Israeli Independence Day 2015 will fall on the 4th day of the month of Iyyar 5775 in the Hebrew calendar.