Our friends at Israel21c share all the ways Israelis are celebrating Israel Independence Day, which is today!
1. Have a barbecue in your backyard or local park
Israelis love to celebrate Independence Day with a good barbecue out in nature. Usually on the menu are steak, chicken wings, boneless chicken thighs, ground lamb kebabs, hummus and salads.
And don’t you dare forget the charred eggplant, made whole on the grill, and the newly in season sweet watermelon. B’tayavone!
2. Make your own nafnaf
Israelis’ unique way of barbecuing includes lighting a small hibachi-style grill called mangal and fanning the flames with a plastic contraption called a nafnaf.
Aside from keeping the grill master busy making funny moves (it’s all in the wrist!), we’re not exactly sure what the real point is here, but it sure does add some active fun to the barbecue experience.
Don’t bother looking for a nafnaf outside of Israel. Improvise your own with a plastic dustpan and a chunk of a cardboard cereal box, frisbee, old pizza box, or literally whatever else you can lay your hands on that might get the job done.