Whether you are organising an activity to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) or just want to use your social media accounts to raise awareness of the day, there are lots of ways you can take part online.
Each year the messages of HMD reach millions of people online. By becoming part of the online conversation you can help to counter divisive content on social media and spread messages of tolerance and understanding.
Below are some of the ways you can mark HMD online.
Watch the UK Ceremony for HMD online
The UK Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 Ceremony will be streamed online at 7pm on 27 January. This will be our first fully digital ceremony.
At the end of the ceremony, join the nation and Light the darkness. Light a candle and put it in your window at 8pm on 27 January. To remember those who were murdered for who they were. To stand against prejudice today.
Why not share on social media that you are taking part in our Light the darkness national moment. You can download our Light the darkness films to share here, or download Light the darkness social media graphics below:
Here is a template tweet you can use on 27 January:
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, and I will be lighting a candle and safely placing it in my window at 8pm. To remember those who were murdered for who they were and to stand against prejudice and hatred today. #LightTheDarkness #HolocaustMemorialDay @HMD_UK
When you light your candle, take a photo and share it on social media with the hashtags #HolocaustMemorialDay and #LightTheDarkness
Organise an online activity
Explore our HMD Together resources for ideas, advice and guidance on how to mark HMD together online. Suggested activities include book clubs, cook-alongs, group poetry writing and online ceremonies. Each of these activities can be taken part in as a group from the safety of your own home.
Alternatively, visit our online map to find HMD activities happening across the UK, many of which will be online.
Join the conversation about HMD on social media
Tweet and post on Facebook to show how you will mark HMD and share photos of your activity when it happens.
If you are looking for suitable images to use on social media with your tweets and Facebook posts, take a look at the images available to download in our resources hub.
Social media can be a fantastic way of raising awareness of HMD, but must be used carefully. Please ensure that your use of social media is sensitive and respectful at all times, including your use of images. For more information, please refer to our guidance on the use of images.
Download and share our social media graphics
Our range of different graphics help you demonstrate your participation in HMD.
Use our hashtags
Bring HMD to the attention of the online community by using our hashtags when you tweet about HMD.
Use the below hashtags to help your tweets be seen by more people:
For the weeks surrounding HMD #HolocaustMemorialDay and #HMD2021 will trigger the Holocaust Memorial Day emoji.
Use the HMD Facebook frame
Show that you support HMD by using our frame on Facebook. Follow these guidelines on how to add a frame on Facebook, searching ‘HMD’ to find our frame.
Add your activity to our online activity map
If you are organising an activity for HMD, submit it to our interactive activity map to enable others to find it and attend, and become part of the national picture for HMD. If you mark your activity as ‘public’ then anyone looking for an activity to attend will be able to find it on our website.