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Yom HaAtzmaut in Australia

Quick Facts

Many Jewish communities in Australia celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, which is Israel’s Independence Day, on the fifth day of the month of Iyar in the Jewish calendar.

Local names

NameLanguage
Yom HaAtzmautEnglish
Jom haAtzma'ut (Unabhängigkeitstag Israels)German

Yom HaAtzmaut 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Yom HaAtzmaut 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
List of dates for other years

Many Jewish Australians remember Israel’s Independence Day, also known as Yom Ha’Atzmaut (or Yom HaAtzmaut). Celebrations are annually held on or around the fifth day of the month of Iyar, according to the Jewish calendar.

flag of Israel

The flag of Israel is often seen at Yom Ha'Atzmaut celebrations.

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What do people do?

Some Jewish families may say special prayers in remembrance of Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Some schools may have learning activities for students to understand what Yom Ha’Atzmaut is about. It is customary in some Jewish schools for children to come to school dressed in blue and white, which are the colors of the Israeli flag.

Concerts to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut have been held in cities such as Melbourne and Perth in recent years. These concerts featured local Jewish talent as well as international music stars originally from Israel. Some evangelical Christians in Australia have also celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut in the past to show their support to Jewish communities and to Israel. This has brought about mixed reactions, including both criticism and support.

Public life

Yom Ha’Atzmaut is not a public holiday in Australia.

Background

Many Jewish people in Australia celebrate Israel’s independence on Yom Ha’Atzmaut. It commemorates when David Ben-Gurion, who was Israel’s first prime minister, publicly read the Israel’s Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948. According to the Jewish calendar, this was the fifth day of Iyar, the eighth month of the civil year, in the year 5708.

According to the Jewish calendar, the fifth day of the month of Iyar cannot fall on a Sunday. If this date falls on a Friday or Saturday, Yom Ha'Atzmaut is observed on the third or fourth day of the month. If the date falls on a Monday, it is observed on the sixth day of Iyar. This is so that the festivities do not fall just before, on, or just after the Sabbath.

Symbols

Israel’s flag is often the most prominent symbol seen at events that celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut. This flag comes in the shape of a white rectangle in the ratio 11:8 with two horizontal blue stripes, one at the top and one at the bottom. A regular hexagram, known as the Star of David, or Megan David, is depicted in blue between the stripes.

About Yom HaAtzmaut in other countries

Read more about Yom HaAtzmaut.

Yom HaAtzmaut Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonApr 301990Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
ThuApr 181991Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
ThuMay 71992Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
MonApr 261993Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
ThuApr 141994Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
ThuMay 41995Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
WedApr 241996Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
MonMay 121997Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
ThuApr 301998Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
WedApr 211999Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
WedMay 102000Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
ThuApr 262001Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
WedApr 172002Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
WedMay 72003Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
TueApr 272004Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
ThuMay 122005Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
WedMay 32006Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
TueApr 242007Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
ThuMay 82008Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
WedApr 292009Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
TueApr 202010Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
TueMay 102011Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
ThuApr 262012Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
TueApr 162013Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
TueMay 62014Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
ThuApr 232015Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
ThuMay 122016Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
TueMay 22017Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
ThuApr 192018Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
ThuMay 92019Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 
WedApr 292020Yom HaAtzmautJewish holiday 

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