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Yom HaShoah in Canada

Many Canadians observe Yom Hashoah, which is also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. It commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945.

Is Yom HaShoah a Public Holiday?

Yom HaShoah is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish victims of the Holocaust during World War II.

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What Do People Do?

Many people in Canada, including those with Jewish ancestry or connections, observe Yom Hashoah on the 27th day of the month of Nisan. Many Jewish communities hold commemorative ceremonies or events to remember Holocaust victims who died during World War II.

The Masorti (Conservative Judaism) movement in Israel created Megillat HaShoah, a scroll and liturgical reading for Yom HaShoah. This is a joint effort between Jewish leaders Canada, Israel, and the United States. Synagogue services are held in Canada during Yom Hashoah and rituals may vary. Activities may include lighting memorial candles and reciting the Kaddish, which is a prayer for the departed.

Educational programs about the historical events associated with Yom Hashoah are shown around this time of the year, particularly to students learning about Jewish history. These programs may include a documentary featuring Holocaust survivors’ stories or a viewing of a Holocaust-themed film. Teaching resources and guidelines may accompany some of these programs.

Public Life

Yom Hashoah is not a federal public holiday in Canada.

Background

Israel’s Knesset (parliament) established Yom Hashoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, as a memorial to about six million Jewish people who were slaughtered by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. It is observed on the 27th day of the month of Nisan. The full name of the day is Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah, which means the "Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism".

About Yom HaShoah in other countries

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Yom HaShoah Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010MonApr 12Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
2011MonMay 2Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
2012WedApr 18Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
2013MonApr 8Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
2014MonApr 28Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
2015WedApr 15Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
2016WedMay 4Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
2017MonApr 24Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
2018ThuApr 12Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
2019ThuMay 2Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
2020TueApr 21Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 

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