On Thursday Israel marked its national day. 70 years ago the Declaration of Independence was signed.
The country declared independence on 14 May 1948, which corresponded with the Hebrew date 5 lyar in that year. If it falls too close to the Jewish Sabbath, it may be commemorated on Wednesdays or Thursdays before or after it. In 2018, it is marked on 18–19 April – in the Hebrew calendar, days begin in the evening.
In 1948, the Jews did not have much time for celebrating: immediately after the signing of the Declaration most men, including signatories, rushed up to the front.
At the present time, Israelis can party all day long. The feast is ‘fun’ – that is, not religious. People have an official holiday on Independence Day, but all the cafes and shops are open, public transport works. Israelis spend their time in the open air, eat, drink, dance and just have a good time, showing the world that they are fine in spite of all dark periods of their history.
Belsat TV reporter Denis Dziuba joined the celebrants in Tel Aviv: