Search

Yom Hazikaron

Yom Hazikaron is the day commemorating those who have fallen in Israel's wars and those who were the victims of terrorism

On this Page:

About Yom Hazikaron

the national flag

Yom Hazikaron, the Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars and for Terror Victims is marked every year on the fourth of Iyar (towards the end of April or beginning of May,) one week after the Holocaust Remembrance Day and two weeks after Pesach (Passover.) The day is dedicated to commemorating the country’s soldiers and members of security forces, the memory of the fallen from the pre-state undergrounds, and to victims of terrorism.


Yom Hazikaron was formally decreed by law in 1963, but the practice of commemorating the fallen on this day started in 1951 to mark the connection between Independence Day and the people who died to achieve and maintain this independence.


The day starts on the evening of the fourth of Iyar and ends the following evening with the opening of the Independence Day celebrations. By law, all places of entertainment are close on Yom Hazikaron, ceremonies commemorating the fallen are held throughout the country, and flags are flown at half mast. On the eve of Yom Hazikaron a siren is sounded at 8 p.m. and again at 11 a.m. on the following morning. It is customary to stand in silence when the sirens are sounded.

Commemoration ceremonies are held in urban centers, public buildings and cemeteries and TV and radio are devoted to the subject.

Yom Hazikaron Customs


There is hardly anybody in Israel who has not lost a family member, friend or acquaintance in Israel’s wars, which makes this day significant for every Israeli. Many go to commemoration ceremonies, and family members of the fallen go on this day to military cemeteries. 


 

Important Information



Yom Hazikaron is not a holiday and work places that do not deal with entertainment are open as usual, but it is worth while checking in advance to see if specific places are open. In any case, the special atmosphere of mourning is discernable in the street.

Sites & Attractions

The Or Torah (Tunisian) Synagogue’s claim to fame is that it is literally covered in mo...
Ecclesiastical complex on top of Mount Tabor, identified by Christians as the place whe...
Ha-Makhtesh Ha-Katan (The Small Crater), Makhtesh Khatsera, the most perfect of the Neg...
Ha-Makhtesh Ha-Gadol (The Big Crater), a crater formed in the Negev mountain area as pa...
Reconstruction of the well where Abraham watered his flock. Next to it is a well from a...
"Snuba" Diving Trips is a club that offers underwater experiences for all, including p...

Accommodations

Hotel in the center of Eilat. Some of the rooms have a patio facing the outdoor swimmin...
The hotel has rooms of various standards, equipped with a safe and a refrigerator. Some...
Hotel located on Eilat’s South Beach opposite the Coral Beach Nature Reserve. The hotel...
​The Beresheet hotel, part of the Isrotel Exclusive Collection, is located amid a breat...
Holidays