Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. It is a two day celebration which begins on first day of the month of Tishrei, the first month of the Jewish calendar.
In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.”
The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind’s role in G‑d’s (God’s) world.
It is the first of the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”) which usually occur in the early autumn.
Rosh Hashanah Rituals and Celebrations :
The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn.
Rosh Hashanah is described in the Torah (First five books of the Jewish Bible) as (Yom Teru’ah, a day of sounding the Shofar.
Sounding of Shofar also represents the trumpet blast of a people’s coronation of their king.
The cry of the shofar is also a call to repentance, for Rosh Hashanah is also the anniversary of man’s first sin and his repentance thereof, and serves as the first of the “Ten Days of Repentance” which culminate in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
On Rosh Hashanah day, religious poems, known as piyyuttim, are added to the regular services. A special prayer book, the mahzor, is used on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
In the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashana, people perform tashlikh, a special prayer said near a body of water (an ocean, river, pond, etc.), in evocation of the verse, “And You shall cast their sins into the depths of the sea.”
During Rosh Hashana Jewish people eat a range of symbolic foods which surely includes “eating piece of apple dipped in honey” to symbolize our desire for a sweet year. They also eat other symbolic foods like black-eyed beans; dates; gourd; pomegranates; spinach; and tongue or other meat from the head of an animal.
People also meet their family members and friends and wish the words “Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim” which mean “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”
Rosh Hashanah 2016 :
Rosh Hashanah 2016 begins in the evening of Sunday, October 2 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, October 4.
It will be the Jewish Year 5776.
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