Significant Jewish holidays and celebrations

The Jewish faith is one of the most complex and intriguing of the world’s many religions. Like all of them it has been through many difficulties and successes. However, the history of the Jewish faith is one that contains many hard times and the celebration and these are vital to the continuing existence of the faith. Here are some of the most important ones.

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  1. The Passover. By far the most important of the festivals. The Passover literally celebrates the faith’s survival. Jewish friends and family sit down to eat from Seder Plates, such as those from These symbolise the sacrifices the Jews have made though the centuries and to tell the story behind the Passover. It occurs in April.
  2. Hanukkah. Not widely celebrated in Israel as such, this holiday is observed by the communities outside of the country as a way of acknowledging the Jewish faith, rather than the religious significance of the Maccabees. It is observed as it is near Christmas time and for many Jewish it allows them the chance to celebrate alongside the Christian time of celebration.

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  1. Rosh Hashanah. The sounds of goat horns can be heard in Mid September to indicate the start of the Jewish new year. This is a three day festival to see the start of the year and all the new hope that it brings.
  2. Yom Kippur. Made famous for the fact it was the start of a war from forces outside of Israel it is actually the Jewish day of atonement. This means it is a day where differences are forgotten and forgiveness sought out.

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