As Christmas is to Christians, Eid al-Fitr to Muslims and Vesak is to Buddhist, so as Yom Kippur is to Jews. Besides being the most sacred holiday for the Jews, Yom Kippur has some more interesting facts. The following interesting facts about Yom Kippur are definitely worth knowing:
In Hebrew, Yom stands for “Day” and Kippur means “to atone”. Collectively, Yom Kippur is generally expressed in English as- Day of Atonement.
2. Sabbath of Sabbaths!
In Judaism, Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year and is considered as “Sabbath of Sabbaths.”
3. Yom Kippur & Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah is the 1st day of the 7th month of the Hebrew Calendar while Yom Kippur is the 10th day of that month.
4. 26 Hour of fasting
On the day of Yom Kippur, Jews keep 26 hour fast and involve in intensive prayers in order to seek forgiveness from God for all their sins. They also render synagogue services on this day.
source: chabad.org, image: timesofisrael.com
5. No Work!
During the hours of Yom Kippur, no work is allowed.
6. No Sex!
Any kind of sexual activity is also not allowed during the hours of Yom Kippur.
7. White Attire
Most of the Jews wear white attire as a symbol of purity to celebrate Yom Kippur as the holiday is considered as a spiritual cleansing.
source: chabad.org, image: flickr
8. No Fix Date
There is no fix date for Yom Kippur and it varies every year.
source: wikipedia, image: flickr