Yom HaAtzma’ut (Israel Independence Day) is the celebration of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. On the Hebrew calendar it falls on the fifth day of the month of Iyyar, about three weeks after Passover begins.
The day before Yom HaAtzma’ut is Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron). Israelis solemnize the day with ceremonies throughout the country and flags are brought to half-mast. At sundown, the mood in Israel changes sharply as the country segues from remembrance to celebration. The flags are raised and the Independence Day festivities begin. Israelis enjoy the day with concerts, parties, picnics, fireworks and cultural events.
For Humanistic Jews, Yom HaAtzma’ut is a time to reaffirm their commitment to Israel as a center of Jewish culture and creativity, to express solidarity with the Jewish people, and to join their Israeli brothers and sisters in joyful celebration of the establishment of the Jewish state. Humanistic Jewish communities may join their wider Jewish communities in Israel Day fairs, parades, walks and other activities.