Lighting the Path to Memorialization
The Yahrzeit candle is part of a Jewish tradition that calls for lighting a candle or oil lamp in accordance with the death of a loved one.
The date of a Yahrzeit, which means “a year’s time,” falls on the Hebrew calendar on the anniversary of the death. A special candle is lit that will burn for 24 hours. The candle is also lit on certain Jewish holidays.
The candle is typically lit at sundown on the date of the Yahrzeit. Some families opt to use an electric lamp instead, as it is a safer option.
Sprung Monuments provides an email service that will remind you of this date, including a digital version of a candle, every year.