When is Yom Kippur?
Yom Kippur 2013
The date of Yom Kippur 2013 is Saturday 14 September.
All Jewish holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown, therefore observing Jews will start Yom Kippur celebrations at sunset on Friday 13 September.
Countdown to Yom Kippur
There are 113 days until Yom Kippur.
There are 2730 hours until Yom Kippur.
Dates of Yom Kippur
In the Hebrew calendar, Yom Kippur falls on the tenth day of the month of Tishri, which is 10 days after Rosh Hashanah
Yom Kippur 2012 is Wednesday 26 September
Yom Kippur 2013 is Saturday 14 September
What is Yom Kippur?
Yom Kippur is one of the most solemn and important dates in the Jewish calendar. It is a Day of Atonement when Jewish people reflect on their sins of the past year and ask for God’s forgiveness.
The 10 day period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as the Days of Repentance or the Days of Awe. This is the time when Jewish people are able to right wrongs they did against other people during the past year and seek reconciliation.
Yom Kippur is the final day of this period and is the last chance for Jews to atone for their sins against God, repent and commit to not making the same sins again.
Work is not permitted on Yom Kippur and is a time of fasting. The fast lasts 25 hours from sunset on the evening before and ends after nightfall on the evening of Yom Kippur.
The fast includes abstinence from the following over the 25 hour period:
1. Eating and drinking
2. Wearing leather shoes
3. Bathing and washing
4. Cosmetics, perfumes and lotions
The colour white is worn during the period to symbolise purity.