Today marks the day Israel commemorates their fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. Similar to Memorial Day in the US, Yom Hazikaron commemorations are taking place all over Israel to honor the fallen.
Then tomorrow, Israel will celebrate her independence! Like our 4th of July celebrations, there will be lots of fireworks, picnics and festivities, including the flying of the brand new F-35’s in the annual Israeli Air Force airshow. (Read more about that here.)
Lest you wonder…the nation of Israel was re-born on May 14, 1948, so why are they celebrating on May 1-2? Good question! According to the Gregorian calendar, David Ben-Gurion read the Declaration of Independence on May 14. However, the Hebrew calendar is a lunar calendar, so the Jews celebrate their independence on the fifth day of Iyar. Also, keep in mind that a day on the Hebrew calendar begins at sundown.
Thus, Yom Ha’atzmaut…Independence Day…commences tonight (May 1) and lasts until sundown tomorrow!
To all my Jewish friends…Chag Yom Ha’atzmaut!
UPDATE: Check out these two articles: