Yom Kippur is a Jewish holiday on the tenth day of the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. This year, it falls on October 4–5.
“Yom Kippur” in Hebrew means “day of atonement.” During this holiday, Jews seek to be forgiven of their sins and come closer to God. Instead of a loud party or celebration, it’s more of a solemn and personal holiday.
During Yom Kippur, Jewish people:
- Fast. They eat a large meal, then fast from sundown one day to nightfall the next day.
- Worship. They pray, read scriptures, and donate to charity. Traditionally, many wear white as a symbol of purity.
- Remember. They study rituals of the ancient temples in Jerusalem. Remembering the sacrifices offered in the temple helps with their personal repentance.