Yom Zikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

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Yom HaZikaron, this year on May 4, will begin on the evening of May 3 with the sirenes om  20.00 uur plaatselijke tijd.
Yom HaZikaron (Hebrew: יוֹם הַזִּכָּרוֹן‎, lit.‘Memorial Day’), in full Yom HaZikaron LeHalalei Ma’arakhot Yisrael ul’Nifge’ei Pe’ulot HaEivah (Hebrew: יוֹם הזִּכָּרוֹן לַחֲלָלֵי מַעֲרָכוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל וּלְנִפְגְעֵי פְּעוּלוֹת הָאֵיבָה‎, lit.‘Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of the Wars of Israel and Victims of Actions of Terrorism’[2]), is Israel‘s official remembrance day,[3] enacted into law in 1963.[4] While Yom HaZikaron has been traditionally dedicated to fallen soldiers, commemoration has also been extended to civilian victims of terrorism.[5]



Independence Day will be on May 5, beginning on the evening of May 4. Day of Independence (Hebrew: יום העצמאותYom Ha’atzmaut, lit. “Day of Independence”) is the national day of Israel, commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. The day is marked by official and unofficial ceremonies and observances. Because Israel declared independence on 14 May 1948, which corresponded with the Hebrew date 5 Iyar in that year, Yom Ha’atzmaut was originally celebrated on that date. However, to avoid Sabbath desecration, it may be commemorated one or two days before or after the 5th of Iyar if it falls too close to the Jewish Sabbath. Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day is always scheduled for the day preceding Independence Day. In the Hebrew calendar, days begin in the evening.[2] The next occurrence of Yom Haatzmaut will take place from sunset to sunset, 14-15 April 2021.