Special events have been scheduled around Israel to celebrate its
Contact numbers for tickets or information are given where
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28-29. Remembrance Day will be observed from sundown to sundown to
honor Israel's war dead.
29-30. Independence Day observances will begin at 7:15 p.m. in
Jerusalem with a torch-lighting at the Mount Herzl Military
Cemetery followed by the traditional blowing of the shofar (ram's
horn used for religious occasions), outdoor dancing, street
festivals and all-night parties.
30. Jubilee celebrations will include a naval review and air
show along the Mediterranean coast; the opening of army bases to
visitors around the country, and the Jubilee Extravaganza at
Jerusalem's Hebrew University.
For tourists, the Mayor of Jerusalem will host a reception at
the Tower of David, just inside the Old City's Jaffa Gate. Entry
passes are available from government tourist offices in
1. A parade through the streets of Tel Aviv from the Great
Synagogue to Independence Hall will culminate in the re-enactment
of the declaration of independence.
24. The annual parade through the streets of Jerusalem will
commemorate the lifting of the siege of the city in 1948 as well as
the 1967 reunification of the city.
24 to June 13. The Jubilee Israel Festival throughout the
country will feature concerts, opera and jazz performances and
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3 to 31. A Jubilee Exhibition will note the state's achievements.
Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds.
6 to 10. A Hebrew Song Festival will be held at 14 shore sites
around the Sea of Galilee.
27. An open-air New Israeli Opera Gala concert will be held at
Ganei Yehoshua Park in Tel Aviv.
5 to 12. Jubilee Sukkot Pilgrimage to the Western Wall in the Old
City of Jerusalem, to be held during the Jewish Festival of
Tabernacles, will reenact the mass journey held in biblical