- The Day of Atonement: The day is often called the “Day of Atonement.” Atonement means saying sorry and making things right with others and with God.
- A Time for Reflection: Jewish people spend the day thinking about their actions and behaviour over the past year. They ask for forgiveness and try to be better in the future.
- Fasting and Prayer: Many Jewish people fast, which means they don’t eat or drink for a whole day. They spend a lot of time in prayer and in the synagogue (a special place of worship).
- White Clothing: People often wear white clothes to show purity and a fresh start.
- No Work: It is a day of rest, so there’s no school, and grown-ups take a break from work to focus on their prayers and reflection.
- Blowing the Shofar: At the end of the holiday, a special horn called a shofar is blown to mark the end of the day.
- Being Kind: It is not just about saying sorry to God; it’s also about being kinder and better people to others. It’s a time for making amends with friends and family.
- Celebrated in autumn: It usually falls in September or October, depending on the Jewish calendar.
- A Time for Family: Families often come together to celebrate the holiday. They share meals, prayers, and stories about their past.
- A Fresh Start: It is like hitting a reset button for the new year. It’s a chance for everyone to make a fresh start and be the best they can be.
Some websites offering more information:
- Britannica Kids an article about the holiday.
- Ducksters Holidays
- Yom Kippur Facts for Kids from Kiddle
- My Jewish Learning
Rosh Hashana and Yon Kippur from Twinkl