Rosh Hashanah, known as the Jewish New Year, is an important date in the calendars of believers.
The two-day holiday is filled with special meals and activities and brings the Jewish community together.
What is Rosh Hashanah?
Rosh Hashanah, translated as “head of the year” in Hebrew, is the period when Jews mark the end of one year and the beginning of the next.
Jews believe that this is the day God created Adam and Eve and serves as a time to celebrate the creation of the universe.
While the festival is an opportunity to enjoy time with friends and family, it is also a time for reflection and the start of 10 days of repentance for the sins committed in the past year.
At the end of 10 days comes Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
It is considered the holiest day in the Jewish calendar and is usually spent in prayer and fasting.
When is Rosh Hashanah 2022?
Rosh Hashanah will begin on the evening of Sunday, September 25, 2022 at sunset.
It will end at nightfall on September 27, 2022. Chabad.org.
The dates of Rosh Hashanah change again each year, but usually in early autumn.
How is Rosh Hashanah celebrated?
Most of the two days are spent in the synagogue or feasting with loved ones.
Customs include the sounding of a hollowed-out ram’s horn, known as a shofar, after reading the Torah, a Jewish religious text. During the New Year, about 100 explosions can often be heard in the synagogue, symbolizing the call to repentance.
Jews will consume symbolic foods such as apples or cakes dipped in honey, which are supposed to symbolize a “sweet New Year”.
Also eaten are fish heads, which symbolize the head of the year, and pomegranates, which are said to have 613 seeds, similar to the 613 commandments of Jewish holy teaching.
In the evening, candles are lit and blessings are read.