Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Interfaith Days: Yom Kippur, Mabon

Ending at sundown today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. The day has been observed with an approximately 25-hour time of fasting, prayer, and synagogue services. The day concludes the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora'im ("Days of Awe") that began with Rosh Hashanah. During this period, Jews seek to amend his/her behavior, seek forgiveness for wrongs committed against God and other people. This site and this site provides more information.

Today is also Mabon, the Wiccan/Pagan observance of the autumn equinox. As this site indicates, the day is a time of thanksgiving, balance, and fellowship with friends and neighbors. A "Pagan Pride Day" may be held, and food drives organized to help the needy.

(From the 2015 Interfaith Calendar of the Diversity Awareness Partnership of St. Louis---see for more information---and various online sources.)

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