20th Century Holidays
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A few holidays have been added to the calendar to commemorate
various significant events of the 20th century relating to the Holocaust
and the modern state of Israel. All of these
holidays occur in the period between Passover
and Shavu'ot. These holidays
are not universally acknowledged, the dates are not entirely agreed
upon, and the observances are not yet standardized. Nevertheless, they
are worth noting.
Also known as Holocaust
Remembrance Day, this holiday occurs on the 27th of Nissan.
"Shoah" is the Hebrew word for the Holocaust. This is
a memorial day for those who died in the Holocaust.
[Editor's Note: The date for Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance
Day was set as the closest date to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising immediately
after Passover and before Israel Independence Day.]
- April 30, 2011 (27th of Nisan,
- April 18, 2012 (27th of Nisan, 5772)
- April 6, 2013 (27th of Nisan, 5773)
Memorial Day, observed on Iyar
4, remembers those
who died in the wars
that Israel has fought.
- May 8, 2011 (5th of Iyar, 5771)
- April 24, 2012 (3rd of Iyar, 5772)
- April 14, 2013 (5th of Iyar, 5773)
Day, marking the establishment
of the modern state of Israel
in 1948. It is observed on the 5th of Iyar.
According to some views, the restrictions
of the Omer
period are lifted for this day. A few Anti-Zionist Jews
observe this day as a day of mourning
for the sin of proclaiming the state
of Israel without the Messiah.
- May 10, 2011 (6th of Iyar, 5771)
- April 26, 2012 (4th of Iyar, 5772)
- April 16, 2013 (6th of Iyar, 5773)
The 28th day of Iyar,
commemorates the reunification of the
city of Jerusalem
in Israeli hands. According to some views,
the restrictions of the
are lifted for this day.
- May 31, 2011 (28th of Iyar, 5771)
- May 19, 2012 (28th of Iyar, 5772)
- May 7, 2013 (28th of Iyar, 5773)