The Jewish religion has a variety of holidays that honor significant events that took place throughout history. Many of these holidays have observances and customs that must be followed. Additionally, some Jewish holidays feature holiday-related foods.
Jewish holidays are quite different than most Gentile holidays. The celebrations of holidays begin at sunset and continue throughout the next day until sunset. This is because the Jewish day begins at sunset. This is based on the story of creation. In Genesis 1 the creation story states that there were evening and morning and that was a day.
On most Jewish holidays work is forbidden. These holidays include Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Passover. The only work that is permitted is cooking and lighting a fire.
The Jewish calendar is based on the lunar cycle. Each month begins on the New Moon. Jewish months are generally either 29 or 30 days. many of the holidays are celebrated at the time of the New Moon.
Most people have heard of the Passover. This Jewish holiday commemorates the Jewish people’s freedom from the Egyptians. Tradition states that on this day the death angel went through Egypt and killed the people’s firstborn sons. The Jewish people were warned by their God to place the blood of a lamb on their door posts. When the death angel saw the blood, he would pass over that home and not slaughter the first born child.
Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the year. This day is commemorated with fasting, reconciliation and atonement of sins. The holiday features prayers of remembrance and pleases for God’s forgiveness.
Jewish holidays are quite different than Gentil holidays. The holidays celebrated by the Jewish people are dedicated to their God and their heritage. Fasting, blowing the shofar and scripture reading are common practices on Jewish holidays.