Rememberance and Independence

While in the US the summer season kicks off with Memorial Day, remembering the country's soldiers who fell in battle, and about 5 weeks later celebrate's the country's founding on July 4, things in Israel are a little different. First, on the 3rd of Iyar, comes Yom HaZikaron, the day to remember those Israelis who fell protecting the country or as victims of terror attacks. But the sorrow turns to joy, when on the 4th of Iyar, the next day, we celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut - Israel's Independence Day. 
(Sometimes, when Yom HaZikaron would fall on Saturday night the holidays are pushed back a day, so that there won't be any preparations on the day of rest).

Israel declared its independence and establishment of the state on May 14, 1948. Like in many countries, it is a day off work for most people, celebrated with fireworks, airshows, and especially in Israel, barbeques!

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