Join us in celebrating historical and current events surrounding the Balfour Declaration Centenary.
Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day
The 70h birthday of the State of Israel
An official ceremony is held every year on Mount Herzl, Jerusalem on the evening of Independence Day. The ceremony includes a speech by the speaker of the Knesset, artistic performances, a Flag of Israel, forming elaborate structures such as a Menorah or Magen David, and the ceremonial lighting of twelve torches, one for each of the Tribes of Israel.
Every year a dozen Israeli citizens, who made a significant social contribution in a selected area, are invited to light the torches. Many cities hold outdoor performances in cities' squares featuring leading Israeli singers and fireworks displays. Streets around the squares are closed to cars, allowing people to sing and dance in the streets!