Israel: Calendar of Events

Special events have been scheduled around Israel to celebrate its 50th birthday.

Contact numbers for tickets or information are given where available.

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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 Jerusalem.

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 street theater.
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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 times.

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