Israel Independence Day

Israel Independence Day

Between April 16 and May 14; Iyyar 5
Known in Hebrew as Yom ha-Atzma'ut, this day commemorates the proclamation of independence by Palestinian Jews and the establishment of a provisional government in Israel on May 14, 1948 (5 Iyyar 5708 on the Jewish calendar).
It is observed with parties, performances, and military parades as well as religious rituals, which include the reading of Psalms. In the United States, Jews celebrate Israel Independence Day by attending concerts, films, parades, Israeli fairs, and other public events. An Israeli Day Parade is held in New York City, but it doesn't always take place on the fifth day of Iyyar.
A popular custom on this day for Israelis is to walk at least a short distance somewhere in the country where they have never walked before.
CONTACTS:
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
9 Yitzhak Rabin Blvd.
Kiryat Ben-Gurion
Jerusalem, 91035 Israel
972-2-530-3111; fax: 972-2-530-3367
www.mfa.gov.il
Israel Tribute Committee Inc.
520 Eighth Ave., 15th Fl.
New York, NY 10018
646-472-5388; fax: 212-399-9198
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 229
NatlHolWrld-1968, p. 60
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