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This event will take place on 24/04/2017.

Yom HaShoah in 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.
Railroad cars, such as the one pictured above, were used as a form of transport for Holocaust victims during World War II. They are remembered on Yom Hashoah. Railroad cars, such as the one pictured above, were used as a form of transport for Holocaust victims during World War II. They are remembered on Yom Hashoah. ©iStockphoto.com/Brittany Carter Courville
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.
Public Life
Yom Hashoah is not a federal public holiday in the United Kingdom.
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".
Symbols
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”.
About Yom HaShoah in other countries
Read more about Yom HaShoah.
Yom HaShoah Observances
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
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Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type Where it is Observed
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