Yom Haatzmaut

Israel’s Independence Day
  • Minor Holidays
Yom Haatzmaut

Yom Haatzmaut

יום העצמאות

Yome ha-atz-ma-OOT

“The Day of Independence”

What is Yom Haatzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrates the day the State of Israel was declared independent in May 1948. Today it is celebrated with fireworks and barbecues.

When is Yom Haatzmaut

Iyar 5

In order to avoid desecration of Shabbat, these days are often commemorated a day before or after the official date



Customs of Yom Haatzmaut

  • Having a barbeque – many Israelis celebrate the day by having a barbeque, often in the local park.
  • Wearing blue and white it is customary to wear the colors of the Israeli flag, blue and white.
  • Attaching Israeli flags to one’s car – many people attach flags to their cars as a symbol of pride in their country.
  • Flag parades – this is often an event for the whole family, with Israeli music blasting and almost every participant waving a huge Israeli flag.

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By: Rabbi Elie Mischel


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