Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israel Independence Day Summary

יום העצמאות

Israel's Independance Day is celebrated on the fifth day of Iyar, the date when, in 1948,  David Ben Gurion, later to become Israel's first Prime Minister, declared an independent Jewish State. It is marked by public performances of music and dance, ubiquitous barbecues, official ceremonies, the opening of many army bases to the public, and, in some religious circles, the reciting of special festive prayers, including the Hallel. The Charedi (ultra-Orthodox) community does not take part in the celebrations, due to their ambivalent-to-negative attitude towards the State.

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