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Last Updated: Thursday November 15 2001 12:20 GMT

Yom Kippur (Jewish)

Yom Kippur is the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar. It means Day of Atonement and Jews don't eat or drink for 25 hours. It's a day to reflect on the past year and ask God's forgiveness for any sins.

It comes ten days after Rosh Hashanah, the New Year, and is the chance for a new beginning.


  • The 'shofar' or ram's horn is blown at the end of Yom Kippur which signals the end of the ten-days of High Holy Days in the Jewish calendar.
  • A big family meal is eaten before the fast starts.


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