Yom Kippur is a fasting holiday and considered one of the most holy days of the Jewish calendar. It falls on the Hebrew calendar on the ninth of Tishri. As all Jewish holidays, it begins at sunset on that day and continues until nightfall. It is a day to “afflict the soul” and to make right the sins of the past year.
Jewish people fast and attend synagogue for most of the day. They walk to the synagogue, wear all white, and do not wear leather on their feet. Fasting means they do not eat or drink water. The white clothing is a symbol and reflection of the Scripture from Isaiah 1:18 that although our “sins may be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”