Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Date in the current year: May 5, 2016

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Yom HaShoah, known as Holocaust Remembrance Day or Holocaust Day, is observed in Israel on the 27th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan. It commemorates the approximately six million victims of the Holocaust.

This day of remembrance was inaugurated in 1953. It was initially proposed to hold it on Nisan 14, which is the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, but this date is too close to Passover (Pesach). Therefore it was decided to move the date to Nisan 27, which is eight days before the Independence Day.

Public commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day includes the state memorial ceremony held at Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, and the air raid sirens making off a two-minute silence intended for solemn reflection. Solemn ceremonies and services are held at military bases, schools and by other community and public organizations.

Religions elements can be included in the commemoration such as recitation of kaddish, memorial prayers, and Psalms as well as the lighting of memorial candles. If Yom HaShoah falls on a Friday or a Saturday, its observance is moved to the previous or the following day accordingly as it is inappropriate to mourn during Shabbat.

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