Rosh Hashanah: what is it and how long does it last?


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Jews around the world began celebrating Rosh Hashanah tonight, starting at sundown.

Rosh Hashanah is also known as the Jewish New Year.

This day is among the holiest days in Judaism – and it begins on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which almost always falls during the months of September or October each year.

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It also marks the beginning of the year 5783 in the Jewish calendar..

Meaning “head of the year” or “first of the year”, the festival is a moment of reflection.

It is often celebrated with prayer, symbolic foods and the sounding of a traditional horn called the shofar (ram’s horn).

The pomegranate, with its many seeds, is a joyous reminder of many blessings during the Jewish New Year.
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Rosh Hashanah “commemorates the creation of the world and marks the start of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the holiday of Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement,” according to History. .com.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two “high holy days” of the Jewish religion.

How long is Rosh Hashanah?

This year, the holidays begin on Sunday September 25, 2022 and end on the night of Tuesday September 27, 2022.

The exact date of Rosh Hashanah varies each year, as it is based on the Hebrew calendar.

Rosh Hashanah, as the new year in Judaism, can be thought of as the world’s birthday – rather than the secular January 1 New Year that most people think of when they hear “new year”.

What are the symbolic foods of Rosh Hashanah?

Foods for the holiday include apples dipped in honey, which represent sweetness and the hope of sweetness in the coming year.

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Additionally, challah (braided egg bread) round loaves honor and respect the cycle of life; the pomegranate – with its abundant seeds – is a joyful reminder of many blessings; and a fish’s head, often displayed on a platter for all to see, represents the head or the beginning of a new year, according to several sources.

The fish also represents fertility and abundance.


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