Israel to celebrate 68 years of independence Wednesday evening and Thursday

Celebrations to begin Wednesday evening following end of Israel’s memorial day; Israel’s population grows 2.2% in past year

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Ceremonies for Israel’s Yom Hazikaron, the State of Israel’s national Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism, will continue Wednesday morning, a two-minute siren designating silence to be heard through out all of Israel remembering Israel’s fallen.

Ceremonies will continue until Wednesday evening when Israel will celebrate her 68 years of independence, “Yom Haatzmaut”. Celebrations will continue into Thursday evening.

Israelis will typically attend municipal parades and concerts on Wednesday evening. It is tradition to have barbeques and is one of the most popular times for Israel’s to travel through out Israel.

Ahead of Israel’s Independence Day celebrations, the Central Bureau of Statistics released Israel’s current population, that of over 8,522,000. In 1948 when the State of Israel was established, the population stood at 806,000.

In the past year, Israel’s population increased by 2.2%, with over 36,000 immigrants making “aliyah” (Hebrew term for immigration by Jews to Israel) and the birth of over 195,000 babies. The Bureau predicts that Israel’s population will rise above 11.3 million by 2035.