Yom Kippur is the second of the two ‘High Holy Days’. It is celebrated 10 days after Rosh Hashanah and this year falls on the 13th of September. Yom means ‘Day’ and Kippur means ‘to atone’; therefore it is known as a ‘Day of Atonement’. For Jews it is the holiest day of the year and most Jews spend the day in intense prayer, many also fast. Erev Yom Kippur or the Eve of Yom Kippur is celebrated with Festive meals and giving charity. Greeting cards conveying wishes and blessings are also sent.
According to Judaism, God inscribes every person’s fate for the coming year in the ‘Book of life’ on Rosh Hashanah, and 10 days later on Yom Kippur the ‘Book’ is sealed.