Commemorating the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah (יום השואה)
From sunset on Saturday to Sunday’s sundown, the Jewish community honors Yom HaShoah (יום השואה), a time to remember the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust. In Israel, where Yom HaShoah is a national holiday, flags are lowered to half-mast and people across the country gather for memorial ceremonies held at schools and public squares. Though other countries also recognize Holocaust Remembrance Days of their own, many Jews around the world observe Yom HaShoah at home and at important historical sites. In Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, speeches and prayers are given by the Israeli President, Prime Minister and chief rabbis as six torches are lit by Holocaust survivors to pay tribute to victims of the genocide. At 10:00AM local time on Sunday, sirens go off to mark a two-minute moment of silence observed by the nation.