Yom HaShoah in the United Kingdom
Many people in the United Kingdom 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.
What Do People Do?
Many people in the United Kingdom, 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.
Synagogue services are held in the United Kingdom during Yom Hashoah and rituals may vary. Activities may include lighting memorial candles and reciting the Kaddish, which is a prayer for the departed, as well as the El Maleh Rahamim, a memorial prayer. Holocaust survivors may also share their stories to groups of people.
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.
Yom Hashoah is not a federal public holiday in the United Kingdom.
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".
A Holocaust memorial at London’s Hyde Park remembers the Holocaust victims who died during World War II. It consists of two boulders set in raked gravel and surrounded by silver birch trees. The inscription reads (when translated from Hebrew to English) “For thee I weep. Streams of tears flow from my eyes because of the destruction of my people”.
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Yom HaShoah ObservancesNote: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Mon||Apr 12||2010||Yom HaShoah||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||May 2||2011||Yom HaShoah||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Apr 18||2012||Yom HaShoah||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Apr 8||2013||Yom HaShoah||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Apr 28||2014||Yom HaShoah||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Apr 15||2015||Yom HaShoah||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||May 5||2016||Yom HaShoah||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Apr 24||2017||Yom HaShoah||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Apr 11||2018||Yom HaShoah||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||May 1||2019||Yom HaShoah||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Apr 21||2020||Yom HaShoah||Jewish holiday|
Quick FactsYom Hashoah remembers the lives and sacrifices of about six million Holocaust victims who died during World War II. This observance is annually held on the 27th day of the month of Nisan.
Yom HaShoah 2017Monday, April 24, 2017
Yom HaShoah 2018Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
Other holidays in April 2017 in the United Kingdom
- Palm Sunday – Sunday, April 9, 2017
- First day of Passover – Tuesday, April 11, 2017
- Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 13, 2017
- Orthodox Good Friday – Friday, April 14, 2017
- Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 15, 2017
- Orthodox Easter – Sunday, April 16, 2017
- Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, April 17, 2017
- Last day of Passover – Tuesday, April 18, 2017
- St. George's Day – Sunday, April 23, 2017
- Isra and Mi'raj – Monday, April 24, 2017