Yom HaAtzmaut in Canada
Many Jewish people in Canada 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?
Many Jewish communities, organizations, and activity groups across Canada hold celebratory events to commemorate Israel’s Independence Day. Evening dance parties may include a special beginners’ class dance lesson on Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Events are held at various locations, including Jewish temples, and offer refreshments for those who attend them.
Musical groups from Israel may hold special performances in cities such as Vancouver or Toronto on or around Yom Ha’Atzmaut. “After parties” are sometimes held and may involve speeches from prominent community leaders, as well as networking or social opportunities.
Yom Ha’Atzmaut is not a statutory public holiday in Canada.
Many Jewish Canadians 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.
The most prominent symbol seen at events that celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut is Israel’s flag. This is 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 Canada 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 2016 in Canada
- Orthodox Easter – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, May 2, 2016
- Yom HaShoah – Wednesday, May 4, 2016
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 5, 2016
- Mother's Day – Sunday, May 8, 2016
- Pentecost – Sunday, May 15, 2016
- Whit Monday – Monday, May 16, 2016
- Trinity Sunday – Sunday, May 22, 2016
- Victoria Day – Monday, May 23, 2016
- Corpus Christi – Thursday, May 26, 2016