Jerusalem Day – Yom Yerushalayim
Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, celebrating 48 years of the reunification Jerusalem, this year it begins Saturday night and goes to Sunday, May 17.
From 1948 until June 1967, no Jews were allowed in the Old City which was occupied and divided by Jordan.
This time of year, bus loads of students and soldiers are arriving in Jerusalem, Israel, for tours of Jerusalem walking to the Old City.
Plane loads of tourists are arriving to participate in the experience, as Israeli blue and white flags are flying high.
For the last 30 years, the Dance of the Flags has attracted tens of thousands each year to the Jerusalem streets. A couple of NGOs have tried again using the courts to stop the parade, which original used route of the Israelis who entered in 1967 to the Western Wall.
But, Rikudgalim as it is called, is on for Sunday afternoon.
On Yom Yerushalayim, the energy is overwhelming, with young people singing, dancing and marching.
Jerusalem Day starts with Jerusalem Mayor Barkat and his wife greeting city residents, and it is open to all residents of Jerusalem. Last year Barkat got a special gift from one artist.
Not just teenagers are out, the diversity of the crowd is impressive. The 99.9% of participants who do not cause trouble you will not hear about.
Our video of the Israeli Opera performers singing ‘Yerushalayim Shel Zahav’ in the Machane Yehudah Market, the shuk, went viral when posted here.
Perfect time to enjoy again and get you into to the mood for Yom Yerushalayim, a very special time in Jerusalem.