A widely spread practice is the custom to memorialize the passing of a person. Usually mourners are the only ones to light this candle which burns for at least 24 hours, but in some communities, many others might also light there own yahzheit candles. More...
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The candle is also lit on prescribed Jewish holidays and on the anniversary of the passing. There are also 7 day yahzheit candles which are burned perpetually during the first year of the passing. These are called shiva candles. There are metal or glass yahrzeit holders which are designed to hold the candles in a very dignified manner.
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