Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur in United Kingdom, for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020.

United Kingdom 2018 2019 2020
Yom Kippur Wednesday 19 September Thursday 10 October Monday 28 September

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur: A day to atone for the sins of the past year

Occurring on the tenth day of Tishrei (Tishri), Yom Kippur is a Jewish holiday with the central themes of atonement and repentance.

The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

The holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar, Day of Atonment is traditionally observed by fasting for approximately 25 hours, intensive prayer, and attending synagogue services. In Jewish tradition, a person's fate for the coming year is inscribed by God into a book (the Book of Life), waiting until Day of Atonement to "seal" this verdict. During The Days of Awe, which the annual period is known as in Judaism, a Jewish person will attempt to amend their behaviour and seek forgiveness for acts they have done against God and other humans. The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur is therefore set aside for petitions and confessions of guilt, with the hope that one will be forgiven by the end of the Day of Atonement.

Yom Kippur: Jewish holiday falling on the tenth day of Tishrei (Tishri)

The "Sabbath of Sabbaths", Day of Atonement falls on the 9th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei (or Tishri). Tishrei or Tishri is the first month of the civil year (which starts on 1 Tishrei - Tishri) and the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year. In terms of the Gregorian calendar, the earliest date on which the Jewish holiday can fall is September 14 and the latest date for Day of Atonement is October 14. Erev Yom Kippur is the day that immediately preceeds the Jewish holiday, which corresponds to the 9th day of Tishrei (Tishri). The eve of Day of Atonement is commemorated by asking others for forgiveness, the giving of charity, and two festive meals.