Agencies: Today, Israel celebrates the anniversary of the Israeli Declaration of Independence with a special holiday called Yom Ha’atzmaut. It’s marked by a big ceremony in Jerusalem, where torches signifying the 12 Tribes of Israel are lit by selected citizens who have made a positive impact to society — from arts and culture to humanities and science.
Of course, there are also fireworks and parties in towns and cities around the country too, with live music, folk dancing and entertainment. Barbeques, known locally as “mangal,” are a popular way for people to celebrate.
Today’s Doodle was created by guest artist Or Bar-el and shows some typical ways people spend the holiday.
Happy Independence Day, Israel!