Israeli Independence Day
The eve of Memorial Day
Yom Haatzmaut is Israeli Independence Day.
In 1948, Israel declared its independence. Across Israel, events and celebrations take place to mark Independence – both on a national scale and on a more local scale, with almost every city, town, and village, having some sort of celebration.
The major State Ceremony for Yom Haatzmaut takes place on the eve of Yom Haatzmaut at Mount Herzl, Israel’s National Ceremony in Jerusalem. This event marks the end of Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s memorial day, which falls immediately before), and the beginning of the celebration for Yom Haatzmaut.
At the same time, towns and cities across the country have parties and firework displays.
The following day, parades and events take place across Israel including military fly-pasts, parades, a famous International Bible Competition, and the ceremony for the Israel Prize which is Israel’s highest award and honor.
Yom Haatzmaut is a real family day, and Israelis flock to Israel’s National Parks, hiking trails, and beauty spots, for barbecues and picnics.
Yom Hazikaron is Israel’s Official Memorial Day for her fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.
Yom Hazikaron is an especially solemn time and marked by ceremonies and silences across the country. It runs from sundown to sundown, in 2019, from May 7-8, and is followed immediately by Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day.
A siren sounds for two minutes, at 11.00 am and again the country stops to remember. Following this, memorial ceremonies take place across the country – either public or private, to remember the country’s fallen.
At yom Hazikaron all the entertainment centres are closed.
yom Hazikaron begins at sundown (8.00pm) when a siren is sounded across the country for one minute. Everybody stops what they are doing, including cars driving on the highway, and observes the silence to show their respect and remember the fallen. Israel’s wars have taken place at home and being a small country, almost everybody knows somebody who died in the country’s wars making Yom Hazikaron an incredibly personal time of remembrance.
At the eve of yom Hazikaron all the shops, restaurants and entertainment centres are closed.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest is scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, following Israel’s victory at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal, with the song “Toy”, performed by Netta. The contest will be held at Expo Tel Aviv, the city’s convention centre; the show will consist of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, and the final on 18 May 2019.
(from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurovision_Song_Contest_2019 )