Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar. It begins at sunset on Tuesday (11 October).

Traditionally, Orthodox Jews perform rituals to cleanse themselves from sin ahead of Yom Kippur. Some communities take part in a ritual called Kapparot, which involves waving a live chicken over the head in the belief it will purge them of their sins by symbolically passing them onto the animal. The chicken is then slaughtered and often donated to the poor for a meal ahead of the fast. Others perform the Tashlich ceremony, where people empty their pockets into running water, symbolically casting their sins out to the sea.

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