Independence Day Air Parade
Israel Independence Day is a celebration of the revival of the Jewish state in the land of Israel, where the Jewish people began to develop its distinctive religion and culture some 4,000 years ago.
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. This was done in accordance to the Resolution of UN from November 29, 1947.
Since then, Israel Independence Day is celebrated in accordance to the Jewish calendar, on the 5th day of the month of Iyar. It usually falls between the end of April and mid-May.
Israel's 72nd Independence Day celebrations have started in the evening of April 28, immediately upon the conclusion of Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. The beginning of the celebrations started with the state flag being raised to full mast at a national ceremony on Mount Herzl, at which 12 torches are lit.
This proximity is intended to remind people of the heavy price paid for independence. On Memorial day the entire nation remembers its debt and expresses eternal gratitude to its daughters and sons who gave their lives for the achievement of the country's independence, prosperity and continued safe existence.
This year, due to restrictions due of the Corona-virus pandemic, Independence Day is celebrated indoors. And it is fully dedicated to the unity of the Israeli Nation, irrespective of the religion, faith and political views. The torches we lit by the representatives of all four religions – the Jews, the Christian, the Muslims and the Druze, to emphasize the unique unity of the Israeli Nation.
Israel is home to some of the holiest religious sites of the three major religions – Judaism, Islam and Christianity. It is also a home for the four major nations who live in Israel – the Jews, the Arabs, the Druzes and the Bedouins.
Everyone in this country equally enjoy the democratic rights delineated in the , in spite of all the difficulties and obstacles. Israelis are among the most optimistic nations in the world, and they believe in building even the better future together.