What Jewish holiday is today?

There are multiple terms in the Hebrew language to distinguish between holidays – Festival Days refer to the six Biblically-mandated festival dates, while High Holy Days refer to Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, and the Three Pilgrimage Festivals commemorate historical Jewish migrations. Check out which Jewish holiday is coming up, or rapidly approaching, with this religious calendar of Jewish holidays and festivals.

Mon Sep 9

Ashura is a holy day for people of the Islamic faith and is celebrated on the 10th day of Muharram according to the Islamic calendar. This year Ashura falls on September 20. The Shi’a Muslims see it as the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram and the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali (the grandson of Prophet Muhammad) at the battle of Karbala. For the Sunnis, it is the day Moses fasted to show his gratitude for the freedom of the Israelites. This is a holy day of mourning for some (mainly Shia Muslim) and fasting for others.

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