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Do you have a Day of Atonement?

Asked by zen_ (6268points) September 17th, 2010

See this interesting article.

Do you have a Yom Kippur type holy day of atonement?

Do you observe it and if so, why?

Do you ever fast?

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

No, not being religious, I don’t. But I can tell you that I try to maintain an open mind on most matters, and I’m open to change and mending my ways. However, that’s not limited to a certain day or season. It’s every day.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Only April 15th. (US Income tax)

SuperMouse's avatar

Baha’is have a yearly fast. While the man focus tends to be a renewal of faith, I tend to look at atonement as a part of the process. Here is a description of the fast and why we observe.: Baha’is observe an annual 19-day period of fasting from March 2–20. The Fast takes place in the month of Ala, the 19th (and last) month of the Baha’i year. During this time, adult Baha’is abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. A spiritual discipline, fasting is symbolic of restraint and obedience to God. (

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

I bow before the alter of billiards every Tuesday night.

Seek's avatar

I do fast, occasionally. I need to get back on my once-a-week schedule. I was much healthier when I did that.

I do not observe a “day of atonement”. I begin every day fresh. It’s much easier now that I only have myself to answer to. It is my responsibility, and mine alone, to assure that my conscience is clear. If I wrong someone else, I seek their forgiveness as I see fit when it is necessary. There is no special “day” needed.

skfinkel's avatar

Yes, the day of atonement is Saturday this year. The eve begins tonight. What I have learned over the years is the holiday emphasizes thinking over the past year, specifically what you might have done better—how you might have “missed the mark” and how you might try harder next year. It’s kind of how you can be a better you—being the best “you” you can be. The fasting helps with making the day not typical. For those embarking on this day of atonement Happy New Year, and wishing you an easy fast.

downtide's avatar

As I’m not religious, and I don’t believe that fasting is healthy for me (as I have a tendency towards hypoglycaemia and skipping meals causes me lots of health problems), no I don’t.

Rarebear's avatar

Well, he didn’t ask if people fast, he asked if people have a personal day of atonement. As people know, I’m an atheist, but I still believe in the importance of a day of atonement and a rest day every week (which is the heart of Shabbat). It has nothing to do with God and everything to do with personal reflection, responsibility, and renewel.

Seek's avatar

@Rarebear read the details, honey. He did ask if we fast.

Rarebear's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Yup, you’re right. I didn’t see the bottom line. Sorry!

YARNLADY's avatar

No, I have no religious-type day of atonement. Unfortunately, all my atonements are of the natural cause and effect style.

LostInParadise's avatar

I fast on Yom Kippur as a type of ethic solidarity. I do not atone because I do not believe in gratuitous evil. Through meditation I try to be more compassionate, understanding and tolerant.

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