In Judaism, life is noted by various big days in which followers take time out of their day-to-day lives to refrain from work to focus on God as well as His commandments, including Sabbath services and holidays.

jewish-festivalsAlthough not one of the largest in terms of numbers, (somewhere around 14 million followers) the Jewish faith is one of the oldest religions still in existence. According to the Hebrew Bible, or the Tanakh, which mainly consists of the Old Testament, their history and traditions began around the 8th century, BCE (Before the Common Era). There are three distinct groups or branches of the Jewish faith which include Conservative, Reformed and Orthodox. Regardless of which branch is followed, they are all built on the foundation that there is only one God. Judaism’s history is full of amazing stories, which, according to the Hebrew Bible or Torah, are very important for Jews of all generations to remember and to keep holy to celebrate. Due to the fact that the purpose of the majority of the holidays as well as celebrations in the Judaism faith is to remember God’s work in history, they are among one of the most important and essential elements of the Jewish faith.

Observing holidays as well as celebrations also has crucial social results. They help to keep tradition alive, contribute to a feeling of community as well as belonging, and ensure regular reflection and celebration.

The most important Jewish holy days are the Sabbath, the three celebrations of pilgrimages which include Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot and probably the most well-known are the two High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. For faithful Jews, it is forbidden to work on any of one of these days and attendance at a service at their temple and/or a family gathering is customary on many of the Jewish holidays.