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Yom HaShoah 2024 in Australia

Many Australians with Jewish ties or heritage 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.

Is Yom HaShoah a Public Holiday?

Although Yom HaShoah is not a public holiday, businesses and schools may be closed because it falls on the same date as May Day in 2024, which is a public holiday in Northern Territory.

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 Australia, 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 Australia during Yom Hashoah and rituals may vary. Activities may include lighting memorial candles and reciting prayers. Holocaust survivors may also share their stories with people.  Discussion forums are also held, where academics on human rights issues discuss the consequences of the Holocaust. Exhibitions and book launches that focus on the Holocaust may also take place during Yom HaShoah.

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 Australia.


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".

Jewish Holidays Last Longer Outside of Israel

In the Jewish diaspora—Jewish communities outside of Israel—an extra day is usually added to religious observances, with the exception of Yom Kippur, which lasts only one day worldwide, and Rosh Hashana, which is celebrated over two days in both Israel and the diaspora.

This custom has its roots in ancient times when the beginning of the months in the Jewish calendar still relied on the sighting of the crescent Moon following a New Moon.

The beginning of a new month was determined by the Sanhedrin, the supreme court of ancient Israel in Jerusalem. Once the date was published, messengers were dispatched to spread the news among Jews living abroad. Since this process took some time, it was decreed that Jews outside of ancient Israel were to observe every holiday for 2 days to make sure that the rules and customs applicable to each holiday were observed on the proper date. This rule is still observed today.

About Yom HaShoah in Other Countries

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Yom HaShoah Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2019WedMay 1Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2020TueApr 21Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2021ThuApr 8Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2022WedApr 27Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2023TueApr 18Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2024MonMay 6Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2025WedApr 23Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2026TueApr 14Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2027TueMay 4Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2028MonApr 24Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2029WedApr 11Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration

While we diligently research and update our holiday dates, some of the information in the table above may be preliminary. If you find an error, please let us know.