Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for people of the Jewish faith. This year it will be celebrated at sunset Tuesday October 4th and lasts until sunset Wednesday October 5th.
Translated into English, Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement,” and the holiday is a time of fasting and prayer, according to National Geographic.
Yom Kippur occurs 10 days after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
During these 10 days, Jews practice self-reflection, reflect on past sins, and hope to be written in God’s Book of Life for the coming year.
Rosh Hashanah is a joyful occasion when people eat apples dipped in honey along with other sweets to celebrate a sweet and happy New Year. Yom Kippur, on the other hand, is a more somber day when Jews fast to atone for their sins.
It begins with the chanting of a prayer called Kol Nidre, a deeply spiritual prayer that marks the opening of the Book of Life. Observant Jews then do penance during their fast, hoping that their names will be written in God’s book.
The blowing of a ram’s horn, or shofar, during Neilah, the closing ceremony, marks the end of Yom Kippur and the beginning of the next Jewish year.
As the sun sets at the end of Yom Kippur, Jewish families and friends gather to break their fast.
This article was originally published on October 8, 2019.
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