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"National Israel Day"

As of my last update in January 2022, there isn't a widely recognized "National Israel Day" as an official holiday or observance. However, Israel has several significant holidays and celebrations that hold deep cultural, historical, and religious significance for its people.

Here are some of the key holidays and observances in Israel:

1. Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzmaut): Celebrated on the 5th of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar (usually in April or May), Yom Ha'atzmaut commemorates the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. It is a day of national pride and celebration, marked by festivities, fireworks, concerts, and other events across the country.

2. Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG'vurah (Holocaust Remembrance Day): These solemn days, observed in close succession, honor the memory of the fallen soldiers of Israel and victims of the Holocaust, respectively. Yom Hazikaron typically falls on the 4th of Iyar, preceding Independence Day, while Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG'vurah is observed on the 27th of Nisan (usually in April).

3. Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim): Celebrated on the 28th of Iyar (usually in May), Jerusalem Day marks the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967. It is a day of celebration and reflection, with ceremonies, parades, and events held in Jerusalem and throughout Israel.

4. Sabbath (Shabbat): While not specific to Israel, Shabbat holds great significance in Jewish life and culture. It begins at sundown on Friday and ends at nightfall on Saturday, providing a time for rest, reflection, and religious observance.

5. Shavuot: Also known as the Feast of Weeks, Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai and the harvest season. It is observed on the 6th and 7th of Sivan in the Hebrew calendar (usually in May or June) and is marked by synagogue services, festive meals, and the reading of the Ten Commandments.

6. Hanukkah: While not specific to Israel, Hanukkah is widely celebrated throughout the country. It commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days, usually in December, with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, and games.

These are just a few examples of the holidays and observances that hold significance for Israel and its people. While there isn't a designated "National Israel Day," these holidays and celebrations play an integral role in the cultural, religious, and national identity of the country.

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