Today is Israel’s independence day, if you’re Gregorically inclined. That’s because Ben Gurion declared independence on May 14, 1948.
Of course, he declared on that day that the new country’s independence would be effective the following day, immediately following the termination of the British Mandate. So if you’re celebrating the declaration, today’s the day on the Gregorian calendar. If you’re celebrating independence itself, then I suppose you should hold off til tomorrow. Yom HaAtzma’ut, he official state holiday in Israel (and the corresponding holiday for Jews living elsewhere) is commemorated on the fifth day of Iyar, or on the sixth day of the month if it turns out that Yom HaAtzma’ut (or the day before it — Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day) would fall on Shabbat.
This year, Israel celebrated its own independence on Tuesday, May 6, which was the sixth day of the month of Iyar. Had they celebrated on the fifth, then Yom HaZikaron would have fallen on Shabbat. So they pushed em both up a day. How do I know all this? Well…
This just in from Google: You can now display Hebrew calendar dates (alongside the normal Gregorian headings) in Google Calendar on the web. To enable it:
Now, you should see Hebrew dates alongside the English ones in your calendar.