ROSH Hashana, known as Jewish New Year, is an important date in believers' calendars.
The two-day observance is filled with special foods and activities and brings the Jewish community together.
What is Rosh Hashanah?
Rosh Hashanah translates as “the head of the year” in Hebrew and it is the period when Jews observe the end of one year and the beginning of the next.
It is thought by Jews to be the day that God created Adam and Eve, and serves as a time to celebrate the creation of the universe.
Although the festival is a chance to enjoy time spent with friends and family, it is also a time for reflection, and begins 10 days of repentance for sins committed in the previous year.
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At the end of the 10 days is Yom Kippur, which is the Day of Atonement.
It is considered to be the holiest day in the Jewish calendar and is usually spent in prayer and fasting.
When is Rosh Hashanah 2022?
Rosh Hashanah will begin in the evening of Sunday, September 25, 2022, at sundown.
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It will end on nightfall on September 27, 2022, according to Chabad.org.
The dates for Rosh Hashanah will change again every year but typically takes place in the early Fall.
How is Rosh Hashanah celebrated?
Most of the two days are spent at the synagogue or feasting with loved ones.
Customs include sounding a hollowed-out ram’s horn known as a shofar after reading from the Torah – the Jewish religious text. Around 100 blasts can often be heard throughout the New Year at the synagogue, symbolising a call for repentance.
Jews will consume symbolic foods such as apples or cakes dipped in honey, which are supposed to represent having a “sweet new year”.
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Fish heads are also eaten, to symbolise the head of the year, and pomegranates, which are said to have 613 seeds, similar to the 613 commandments in the Jewish holy teaching.
Candles are lit in the evening and blessings are also recited.
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