Though snow and scattered rain showers fell in parts of the country, thousands of Israeli citizens and visitors gathered Thursday in parks and beaches, at official ceremonies and even in the streets to celebrate Independence Day.
The festivities began Wednesday night, in accordance with the Jewish lunar calendar, with parties, concerts and fireworks in cities across the country.
Israelis woke on Thursday to clouds and scattered showers, but nevertheless the resilient population visited museums and army bases, attended official ceremonies, watched the IAF flyover and — in keeping with Israeli tradition — barbecued.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin attended a formal ceremony decorating 120 outstanding IDF soldiers. The prime minister also attended the annual Bible competition, and congratulated this year’s winner — 15-year-old Eyal Matas of Rehovot.
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