When is Yom Kippur?

In 2015 the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur begins in the evening of Tuesday 22 September and ends in the evening of Wednesday 23 September.

Yom Kippur 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020

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 2016 Wednesday 12 October.

Yom Kippur 2017 Saturday 30 September.

Yom Kippur 2018 Wednesday 19 September.

Yom Kippur 2019 Wednesday 9 October.

Yom Kippur 2020 Monday 28 September.

Note: All Jewish holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.

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

5. Sex

The colour white is worn during the period to symbolise purity.