What is Rosh Hashanah?

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Rosh Hashanah is a special Jewish Festival which celebrates New Year. In Hebrew it means ‘head of the year’.

The festival lasts for two days and in 2021 it is on the 6th and 7th of September. This is because the dates of Jewish festivals come from the Hebrew Calendar, which means the Jewish New Year begins in autumn.

Rosh Hashanah is a celebration of the creation of the world and marks making a fresh start.

It is a time for people to reflect on the past year and to ask for forgiveness for anything wrong they feel they have done. They can also think about their priorities in life and what it important to them.

During the two days of celebration of Rosh Hashanah, people will reflect on the previous year and also look ahead. They might ask the following questions.

What is the most important thing in my life?
What are the most meaningful and important things I have achieved in the last year?
What do I hope to achieve over the coming year?

During Rosh Hashanah, food is also really important. Slices of apple are dipped in honey to symbolise a sweet new year ahead. Honey cake is eaten too.

Finally, one of the interesting traditions of Rosh Hashanah is to blow a big horn called a Shofar. One hundred notes are blown on the horn to create a special rhythm.

The Shofar is one of the world’s oldest known wind instruments.

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