Yom HaAtzmaut in Australia
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.
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.
Yom Ha’Atzmaut is not a public holiday in Australia.
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.
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 countriesRead more about Yom HaAtzmaut.
Yom HaAtzmaut ObservancesNote: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Tue||Apr 20||2010||Yom HaAtzmaut||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||May 10||2011||Yom HaAtzmaut||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Apr 26||2012||Yom HaAtzmaut||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Apr 16||2013||Yom HaAtzmaut||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||May 6||2014||Yom HaAtzmaut||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Apr 23||2015||Yom HaAtzmaut||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||May 12||2016||Yom HaAtzmaut||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||May 2||2017||Yom HaAtzmaut||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Apr 19||2018||Yom HaAtzmaut||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||May 9||2019||Yom HaAtzmaut||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Apr 29||2020||Yom HaAtzmaut||Jewish holiday|
Quick FactsMany 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.
Yom HaAtzmaut 2016Thursday, May 12, 2016
Yom HaAtzmaut 2017Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Name in other languages
|Jom haAtzma'ut (Unabhängigkeitstag Israels)||German|
Other holidays in May 2017 in Australia
- May Day – Monday, May 1, 2017
- Lag B'Omer – Sunday, May 14, 2017
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 25, 2017
- National Sorry Day – Friday, May 26, 2017
- Ramadan begins – Saturday, May 27, 2017
- Shavuot – Wednesday, May 31, 2017