Yom HaAtzmaut in the United Kingdom
Many Jewish people in the United Kingdom 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?
Special matinee shows are held in some parts of the United Kingdom to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Some events include dance demonstrations or choir performances, as well as speeches by leaders within the Jewish communities.
Dance parties or club nights to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut are also held, particularly for young adults. They are often themed in blue and white to honor the colors on Israel’s flag and feature modern pop music, particularly songs from Israel. Some dance parties may showcase special guest DJs while others may include charity raffles where the proceeds go towards humanitarian or environmental causes in Israel.
Yom Ha’Atzmaut is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom.
Many Jewish people in the United Kingdom 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 the United Kingdom 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 2017Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Yom HaAtzmaut 2018Thursday, April 19, 2018
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
Other holidays in May 2017 in the United Kingdom
- Early May Bank Holiday – Monday, May 1, 2017
- Liberation Day – Tuesday, May 9, 2017
- Lag B'Omer – Sunday, May 14, 2017
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 25, 2017
- Ramadan begins – Saturday, May 27, 2017
- Spring Bank Holiday – Monday, May 29, 2017
- Shavuot – Wednesday, May 31, 2017