Israel Independence Day is celebrated annually on the
anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, according to the Hebrew
calendar, on 5 Iyar (this year celebrated one day later because of the Sabbath).
The day preceding this celebration is devoted to the memory of those who gave
their lives for the achievement of the country's independence and its continued
This proximity is intended to remind people of the heavy price paid for
independence. On this day the entire nation remembers its debt and expresses
eternal gratitude to its sons and daughters who gave their lives for the
achievement of the country's independence and its continued existence.
On May 14, 1948, the day the British Mandate expired, the new Jewish state -
the State of Israel - was formally established in parts of what was known as the
British Mandate for Palestine. With the establishment of the State of Israel in
1948, Jewish independence was restored after 2,000 years.
Independence Day is a celebration of the renewal of the Jewish state in the
Land of Israel, the birthplace of the Jewish people. In this land, the Jewish
people began to develop its distinctive religion and culture some 4,000 years
ago, and here it has preserved an unbroken physical presence, for centuries as a
sovereign state, at other times under foreign domination. Throughout their long
history, the yearning to return to the land has been the focus of
Jewish life. Theodor
Herzl, the leader and founder of the Zionist movement, increased
international recognition for the need of a Jewish state.
establishment, Israel continues to be a homeland to the thousands who make their
way to Israel annually. It is home to some of the holiest religious sites of the
three major religions, all which enjoy the democratic rights delineated in the
Declaration of the Establishment of the State of
Israel's 65th Independence Day celebrations will commence on
Monday evening, April 15, immediately upon the conclusion of Remembrance Day,
when the state flag is raised to full mast at a national ceremony on Mount
Herzl, at which twelve torches are lit. Independence Day is filled with
festivities and celebrations including picnics, barbecues, family gatherings and
nature trips. Balconies, car windows, store fronts and more are liberally
decorated with Israeli flags.