[Jerusalem, September 23. Image via Getty]

An Ultra-orthodox Jewish woman swings a chicken above her daughter's head during the Kaparot ceremony in Mea Shearim Ultra Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem on September 23, 2009. According to Jewish beliefs, the ritual is supposed to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the most important day in the Jewish calendar, which this year falls on September 28. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)