What time is the Light a Candle Tonight event?

TODAY marks Holocaust Memorial Day, an international day of remembrance that honors the millions of people who perished under the Nazi regime.

In 2022, it adopted the theme “One Day”, reflecting how those in concentration camps existed in the moment as they struggled to survive. But what time does the event start?

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The commemorations will be very different this year due to the coronavirusCredit: Alamy Live News

What is the Light a Candle event?

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the celebration of Holocaust Memorial Day in 2022 has been adapted to take into account the lack of gatherings.

The Stay at Home celebration encourages people to light a candle tonight and place it safely in their windows to remember those who have lost their lives.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust said the purpose of the Light a Candle event is “to remember all who were murdered for who they were” and “to challenge prejudice and hatred in the world today ‘today’.

Using the hashtags #HolocaustMemorialDay and #LightTheDarkness, people are encouraged to share photos of their candles on social media.

Light a Candle event lets people mark the day to remember lives lost, even from home

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Light a Candle event lets people mark the day to remember lives lost, even from home1 credit

What time does the Light a Candle event take place?

People can light their candle at 8 p.m. and place it safely in their window on January 27 as a sign of international solidarity.

The traditional Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration ceremony will take place online broadcast from 7 p.m. – the first entirely digital ceremony for the HMDT.

It is expected to include pre-recorded messages from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and religious leaders.

An online ceremony with a host of stars will begin tonight at 7 p.m.

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An online ceremony with a host of stars will begin tonight at 7 p.m.Credit: SWNS: South West News Service

The Prince of Wales, patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, will introduce the ceremony with a welcome message.

He will tell viewers: “As I speak, the last generation of living witnesses are tragically passing away from this world, so the task of bearing witness falls to us.

“It is not a task for one time, nor a task for one generation or one person. It is for all peoples, all generations and all times.

“This is our moment when we can, each in our own way, be the light that ensures the darkness never returns.”

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International Day of Remembrance decided this year’s theme 18 months ago – and it’s surprisingly fittingCredit: Reuters

What events occur?

Many events are taking place across the UK to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

A British ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day will be streamed online on Thursday, January 27.

It will run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and at 8 p.m. households across the UK are encouraged to safely light candles and place them in their windows in remembrance of those who were murdered for who they were and to fight against prejudice and hatred.

Those who can are encouraged to share a photo of their candle on social media, using the hashtags #HolocaustMemorialDay and #LightTheDarkness. You can register to watch the ceremony at the HMDT website.

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