In Judaism, Yom Kippur is seen as the holiest day of the year. Yom Kippur follows a series of significant days in the Jewish calendar. Many Jews around the world will mark the festival with prayer in a synagogue or fasting.
When is Yom Kipur 2019?
This year, Yom Kippur takes place on Tuesday, October 8th and ends in the fall evening on Wednesday, October 9th.
The sun should arrive at 18:09 on October 8.
Rosh Hashanah's Jewish holiday began on Sunday, September 29 and ends on Tuesday, October 1.
When does Yom Kippur usually fall?
In the Hebrew calendar, the month of Tishrei begins with Rosh Hashanah – a two-day celebration marking the Jewish New Year.
Yom Kippur also falls at the end of the month of Tishrei (which is September or October in the Gregorian calendar).
Yom Kippur marks the culmination of the Ten Days of Repentance, beginning with Rosh Hashanah.
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How is Yom Kippur celebrated?
Yom Kippur is a solemn day on the Jewish calendar and means Day of Atonement.
Yom Kippur is a day of reflection for the past year and a chance to ask God for forgiveness.
Many Jews do not eat or drink for 25 hours during this time.
In addition to abstaining from food and drink, there are also rules to avoid washing, having sex and applying lotions and oils.
Some will use white as a symbol of purity.
There are five special services performed in synagogues for people to participate.
Shacharit is the morning service where people can attend at this time to mark those who died in the last year.