Also known as The Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is a day of reflection and starting fresh. Jewish people around the world mark the festival with fasting and prayer. The celebration comes just a week after the Jewish New Year festival – known as Rosh Hashanah – ends.
What time does Yom Kippur begin and end?
In 2019, Yom Kippur begins at 6.08pm (BST) on October 8, and ends at 7.07pm on October 9.
This annual period is marked on the tenth day of the seventh month in the Hebrew calendar.
Yom Kippur is the culmination of the 10 holiest days of the years for Jews, a period of reflection beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Month.
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How do you wish someone ‘Happy Yom Kippur’?
Yom Kippur is a solemn and reflective day, so wishing someone a “Happy Yom Kippur” is not customary.
Instead, people say “G’mar Hatima Tova” which means “may you be sealed in the Book of Life.”
Another version of the greeting is “G’mar Tov” which translates into “a good seal.”
Those observing Yom Kippur believe the Book of Life, which determines an individuals fate for the coming year, opens on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and is sealed at the end of Yom Kippur following the period of repentance.
To greet someone a happy Yom Kippur in English, a person can say “have an easy fast”.
For Jewish people who are not fasting, but are observing the holy day, say “Good Yuntif” or “Yom Tov” which is Yiddish and Hebrew for “Have a good holy day”.