Yom Kippur, 18-19 September 2018

After the Jewish Rosh Hashanah celebration, i.e., the start of the Jewish civil New Year according to the Jewish-Hebrew calendar, comes the observance of Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah in 2018 was on the 9th of September.

Yom Kippur is the most revered, celebrated event and the holiest sacred ceremony of the year for the Jewish natives, and in Judaism. It is also known as the Day of the Atonement. In Hebrew, the word ‘Yom’ means day. The word Kippur means to atone, to pay, repentance, to redress or to recompose.

The date of Yom Kippur is determined as per the Jewish lunisolar calendar, as indicated above. It is observed on the 10th day of the 7th Jewish month, i.e., 10th of Tishrei, 5779, at sundown-sunset. The date can vary each year in relation to the Gregorian calendar.

The Day of Atonement’s main theme can be related to like asking for forgiveness for any sins, wrongdoings through the year or earlier, to the God. Many natives confess to any guilt or wrongdoing, and seek correction or pardon, and move forward cleansed, clean or afresh.

The observance marks a strict fasting. There is a long dedicated intensive prayer ceremony dedicated for 25 hours. The fasting is also observed for 25 hours. Many natives go for the synagogue services – at houses of worship, at religious places; the celebration starts on the evening of the 1st day, after the sundown and dusk. The observance ends on the following date evening.

In Muslims, Muharram marks including seeking forgiveness from God for any sins. Muharram in 2018 falls on the 21st of September. Al Hijri, the Islamic New Year began on the 10th of September. Muharram is the mourning period, and mainly for 10 days of the month. In Hindus, certain holy sacred events mark the natives seeking pardon, mercy from God especially to Lord Krishna of all Hindu deities, for any wrong actions or sins. Hindu New Year began on the 18th of April in 2018. Hindu and Sikh new year begins around the same time in the Vaisakh also called Baisakhi, based on seasonal, lunar and religious festivity observance. Like Hindus and Sikhs, most Buddhists also observe the New Year around the same time. This normally corresponds to Gregorian April month.

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