Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jews.

It’s central themes are atonement and repentance.

Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-26 hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Orthodox Jews will not use lotions, oils or creams or wear leather footwear.

Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days (or sometimes “the Days of Awe”) and takes place just over a week after the Jewish New Year, the festival is commemorated with a day-long fast.

After the fasting and towards the end of Yom Kippur they have a festive meal with family and friends.