Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, begins on the evening of Wednesday, May 4 and ends on the evening of Thursday, May 5.
Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on the 27th day of Nisan of the Hebrew calendar. The internationally recognized date marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the 1943 act of Jewish resistance in German-occupied Poland during World War II.
When the actual date of Yom Hashoah falls on a Friday, the state of Israel observes it on the preceding Thursday. When it falls on a Sunday, Yom Hashoah is observed on the following Monday, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum website.
Every year during Days of Remembrance, ceremonies and activities are held in local communities, schools and religious institutions.
Activities are meant to memorialize and show respect for the millions of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.