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Jerusalem Day is a holiday established in honor of the transition of Jerusalem’s eastern part to the control of Israel. This is not just about the victory in the Six-Day war, but also the renewal of the historical connection of the Jews with holy Jerusalem.

History

On May 14, 1948, the existence of Israel was proclaimed, and its state borders were defined. Jerusalem became the capital of Israel. In reality, the country and its capital were divided, as the city was under the control of Jordan. An agreement was created, and the Jordanian authorities allowed Jews to visit the controlled territory and pray at the Wailing Wall. This agreement wasn’t fulfilled, and Jews who wanted to pray at the Wailing Wall were subjected to shelling.

These tensions escalated into the Six Day War in 1967. During this armed conflict, the Israeli Army captured all the positions of the Jordanian military in Jerusalem and nearby territories. Thus, Israeli citizens were provided with security, Jerusalem became the legal and indivisible capital of Israel. The official establishment of the national holiday of Jerusalem Day occurred in 1998.

Interesting Facts

Jerusalem is an ancient, beautiful city, the center of the Christian and Jewish world, the location of many fascinating sites, and the unique spirit of the Middle East.

  1. Jerusalem was destroyed twice and changed hands 44 times.
  2. This is one of the oldest cities, founded over 6,000 years ago.
  3. The most expensive cemetery is located here. The cost of a plot run into millions of dollars.
  4. The UN doesn’t recognize Israeli authority over the entire city.
  5. The Old City area of Jerusalem is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

How to take part

If you have the opportunity to go to Jerusalem on this day, this will be the best way to celebrate. Festive ceremonies, rallies, religious events are held, and festive prayers are read. This day is sure to bring you a lot of positive emotions and unforgettable memories.

When is Jerusalem Day celebrated in 2022?

Jerusalem Day is observed on the 28th of Iyar in the Jewish calendar.

Observations

WeekdayMonthDayYear
SundayMay292022
FridayMay192023
WednesdayJune52024
MondayMay262025