Rosh Hashanah begins at Sundown on October 2. Rosh Hashanah literally translates as “head of the year” or “first of the year.” But it also marks the anniversary of the birth of the universe via God’s creation of Adam and Eve. In Judaism, it is a day to reflect on a person’s deeds of the past year and set the tone for the year ahead.
Must of the day is spent in synagogue. Families also come together to eat. There are many symbolic foods that include Challah bread and apples dipped in honey to signify the wish for a sweet new year.
Another tradition is blowing on a shofar – a hollowed out ram’s horn – as many as 100 times. The Torah refers to Rosh Hashanah as Yom Teruah – day of shofar blowing. as well as Tashlikh, where sins are symbolically cast off by emptying one’s pockets into a body of water. As with all major Jewish holidays, candles are also lit.
The common greeting is L’shanah tovah, literally “for a good year.”