Yom Atzmaut Sameach! Happy 66th Independence Day Israel!


TODAY’S BLOG:

The fireworks begin on Mt. Herzl (photo Sindel: Times of Israel).

The fireworks begin on Mt. Herzl (photo Sindel: Times of Israel).

As emotionally traumatic as Yom Hazikaron was yesterday, Yom Atzmaut in Israel today has been a joyous display of Israeli pride and fun. 

Approximately 1,000,000 Israelis picnicked in forests operated by the Jewish National Fund. The most heavily visited sites were the Biria Forest in the north, Yatir Forest in the south, and the Ben Shemen Forest in central Israel. Hundreds of thousands more visited military bases throughout the country.

And so many parties: in the streets, in backyards, on the beaches, everywhere!

Here are some pictures from modern Israel’s 66th birthday party. It all started in Jerusalem where Yom Atzmaut kicked off in grand style:

Note that the soldiers are in the shape of a Star of David.

Note that the soldiers are in the shape of a Star of David.

As soon as the ceremony was over, the parties began:

Here some IDF band members start whooping it up! (Picture: Haaretz).

Here some IDF band members start whooping it up! (Picture: Haaretz).

And into the street:

This is really called "kicking up your heels"! (picture: Jpost).

This is really called “kicking up your heels”! (picture: Sellem: Jpost).

The streets were packed in Jerusalem:

It was great to see the young people of Israel out in force. (Picture: Sellem, JPost)

It was great to see the young people of Israel out in force. (Picture: Sellem, JPost)

And there was marching at the Kotel:

It's always great to see Israeli flags--but especially at the Kotel.

It’s always great to see Israeli flags–but especially at the Kotel.

Eventually the parties of last night gave way to the activities of today–and what is more paradigmatic than this picture taken today of Israelis barbecuing at a park near the beach:

The Israeli word for "barbecue grill" is "mangel".

The Israeli word for “barbecue grill” is “mangel” (Picture: Haaretz).

But in the end, it is always about the amazingly young country of ancient Israel. And no one displays the flag better than the youth of Israel walking down a street in Jerusalem!

Pride in in the only Jewish country on Earth...(Picture: Sindel, Times of Israel).

Pride in in the only Jewish country on Earth…(Picture: Sindel, Times of Israel).

Happy birthday Israel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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