Today my son came home with a home made calendar. It's the type that is made out of a long, long and thin piece of paper, with different squares to represent each day, and you can cut off a square each day. There are bright yellow squares for the Shabbat. A square decorated with the drawing of a bonfire for Lag B'Omer. A square with a photo of Jerusalem for Yom Yerushalayim. A birtday cake for P's birthday and party hat for Kevin's birthday. Then two days with a red edge, one with a prmonent Israeli flag, the other just small stars, and finally a big gold star on the last day, May 29th.
It's a countdown calendar leading to the Eurovision Song Contest. For those of you in other parts of the world - traffic measurements show many of you are North Americans - the Eurovision Song Contest is a Big Thing. I have blogged about it before, as well as my family's obsession with it. One thing we did as an adoption fundraiser was a Eurovision Sing In.
Ireland and Israel have both won the contest before. Israel's three wins are 1978's A-Ba-Ni-Bi, 1979's Hallelujah and 1998's Diva.
This year my sons firmly believe Israel can win again. I agree with them: the song is really great, the performer is handsome, has a great voice, has charisma, and yeah, he is the Harel Skaat from the last few posts.
The video above is the Israeli entry to this year's competition. As far as I know an English language version of the song will be released soon. The Song, Milim (Words) is subtitled in English.