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Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim)

Jerusalem Day is an Israeli national holiday established following the reunification of the city after the Six-Day War. Jerusalem Day is celebrated on the 28th day of the Jewish month Iyar. Several months after the war's end, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared a day of gratitude for the liberation of Jerusalem, and in May 1968 the government established the date of Jerusalem Day. In 1998 the "Jerusalem Day Law" was passed, which declared the 28th of Iyar as the day on which the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem, Israel's capital, is celebrated.


Jerusalem Day is marked by a state ceremony at Givat Hatachmoshet. On the eve of the holiday, a parade takes place in downtown Jerusalem. In addition, schools hold special ceremonies and events. In the Zionist community, it is customary to say the "Hallel" prayer in synagogues.


A state ceremony is held at Har Hertzel, at the memorial site honoring the Ethiopian Jews who died along their journey to Israel.