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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.

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


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 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
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 

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.

Yom HaAtzmaut 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Yom HaAtzmaut 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Name in other languages

Yom HaAtzmautEnglish
Jom haAtzma'ut (Unabhängigkeitstag Israels)German
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2016 in Australia

Fun Holiday on May 12, 2016

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