holiday celebrations | days & dates | fun & wacky daily holidays | holiday travel | holiday blog | holiday greeting cards | holiday recipes | holiday crafts | email

The Yahrzeit Candle / Yizkor Service

There are 4 times a year when Jews light a special candle, called a Yahrzeit Candle, in memory of loved ones who have died.

Yizkor is a memorial service which is recited on Yom Kippur as well as the last days of Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot. Yizkor, which is the Hebrew word for "remember", asks G-d to remember those we mourn and to grant them proper rest.

A Yahrzeit Candle is lit at sundown on...

  1. The first night of Yom Kippur
  2. The night of Shemini Atzeret (the 8th night of Sukkot)
  3. The second night of Shavuot
  4. The last night of Passover

The Yizkor service takes place the following day.

Like this article?

Related Articles:
High Holy Days Blog Postings
Did You Know? : Rosh Hashanah
When is Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur? (dates)
Symbolic Rosh Hashanah Foods
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) eGreeting Cards

Add Comment
kristina vogt from Texas, US
10:26 09/08/2010
I love to light the candles on high holiday it brings the spirit of those that have passed to mind and I feel like they are here with me it is a wounderfully spiritual home blessing
11:16 09/07/2010
forward this to the kids

Visit our other holiday celebrations

Sign up for Free Holiday Newsletters and Text Messages
Email Address:
We'll keep you informed of future Holidays on the Net Celebrations