Lighting the Darkness…remember Holocaust Day with a candle this year

Thursday, January 27 is Holocaust Memorial Day. On this day we are asked to pause to pay tribute to those persecuted and killed during the Holocaust and other genocides throughout the world.

Each year Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK centres on a theme, this year it’s ‘One Day’.

At 8pm, get ready to Light the Darkness with us. Households across the UK will be lighting candles and safely putting them in their windows to remember those who were murdered for who they were and stand against prejudice and hatred today. We will also be lighting up the Guildhall to mark the event.

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There will be the UK ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 streamed online from 7-8pm (you can register to watch the ceremony online) and the Wales commemoration will be available from 11am on Thursday, January 27 by visiting Cardiff Council’s YouTube channel.

AVOW will also be hosting a number of online, visual art and creative writing workshops that will give you time to pause and think, while also being creative.

Mark Pritchard, leader of the Council, said: “It’s so important that we never forget the horrors of the Holocaust, in which six million people were killed.

“On Holocaust Memorial Day we can show our remembrance of these tragedies from home. People will be lighting candles and displaying in their windows all across the UK at 8pm on January 27 and we encourage Wrexham residents to join in.

“We are proud to be a very diverse town, and we will always stand up to inequality and inhumanity in all its forms.”

Hugh Jones, lead member for people – communities, partnerships, public protection and community safety, said: “This year’s ‘One Day’ theme gives us chance to consider the Holocaust in a number of thought provoking ways. We can think of one day in the future when there may be no genocide, or maybe considering victims of genocide and their families for whom one day changed everything, or even how those endure suffering survive by taking one day at a time.

“I would encourage you to take part in Lighting the Darkness this year; it is by reminding ourselves of events of the past that we can work towards ensuring history doesn’t repeat itself.”

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