Just as night turns to day very suddenly over here, so Yom ha-Zikaron, Remembrance Day, suddenly became Yom Haatzmaut, the 59th Independence Day. First there was sadness, with violin and harp, all led by Dalia Itzik yet again - what stamina - and then came the sudden change of mood at Mt. Herzl.
Then at 9.30 prompt the whole thing was over, my friend rang from Manchester for a chat and the fireworks started in Haifa - all in one second.
This is how Haaretz describes the mood at Mt. Herzl tonight:
And this is the Jerusalem Post:
This joyful ending of sadness is reminiscent of the famous midrash which states that sorrow and joy are just two sides of the same coin and that n-g-o, pain can be turned around into o - n - g, joy. It's just a matter of changing the order of the letters.
If only life were so simple.
And there was also a great emphasis on the 40th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. More on that in the days to come.