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Yom Ha'Atzmaut

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This Hebrew date, which corresponds to 14th May 1948, indicates the formal establishment of the State of Israel, when members of the "provisional government" read and signed a Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv.

In a ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, the

 

flag is raised. 

The president of Israel delivers a speech of congratulations, and soldiers representing the army, navy, and air force parade with their flags. 

Next is a torch lighting (hadlakat masuot) ceremony, which marks the country's achievements in all spheres of life. In the cities, crowds will gather to watch public shows offered for free by the municipalities and the government.  People spend the night dancing Israeli folk dances or singing Israeli songs. 

During the daytime thousands of Israeli families go out on hikes and picnics, or visit army camps to see the recent technological achievements of the Israeli Defense Forces on display. The festival ends with the ceremony of granting the "Israel Prize", recognizing individual Israelis for their unique contribution to the country's culture, science, arts, and the humanities.

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