What is Rosh Hashanah?

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Rosh Hashanah is a holiday celebrated by Jewish people around the world as the beginning of the new year. The Jewish religion follows a special calendar with a different sequence of months than the one you’re probably used to. On the first day of the month called “Tishrei,” Jewish people celebrate the passing of a year and observe the holiday of Rosh Hashanah!
Rosh Hashanah is celebrated differently than the New Years in December that you might usually celebrate. It is an important religious day in which people rest and pray. Rosh Hashanah is considered a chance for people to ask for forgiveness for the wrong things they might have done in the previous year, and an opportunity to set new goals for the year to come! Because these ideas are so important, most people do not go to work or school on Rosh Hashanah so they can attend religious services which are supposed to help them start the new year right!
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    “¢ In addition to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year also includes an important day called Yom Kippur, which occurs ten days after Rosh Hashanah. Together, these two holidays are often referred to as “the High Holidays.”
    “¢ The name “Rosh Hashanah” is the Hebrew way of saying “head of the year.” During the holiday, many people exchange the greeting “Shanah Tovah,” or “good new year.”
    “¢ An important symbol of Rosh Hashanah is the “shofar,” which is a hollowed-out ram’s horn used kind of like a trumpet. The loud noise of the shofar is used at certain times during the last month of the year to remind people that Rosh Hashanah is coming up, and it is also used during the services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as a symbol and method for reminding people of the importance of the new year. 
    “¢ Like some other Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated for two days instead of just one. This practice comes from a tradition that began when people relied on looking at the fullness of the moon in order to know when a month was beginning and ending. Special people had the job of declaring these beginning and ending days, and messengers were then sent out to inform others of the decision. But, just in case a messenger didn’t arrive on time or in case a declaration was made a day too early or too late, many holidays were celebrated for two days instead of one, to make sure one of them was the correct day! Even though we now have reliable calendars, the practice of two-day observances has carried on for many holidays.
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    A sweet new year!To ensure that Rosh Hashanah is the start of a “sweet” new year, it is traditional to eat apples dipped in honey during the holiday. (Yum!) Challah bread, which is an egg bread normally eaten by Jewish people on the Sabbath, is also made in a special way for Rosh Hashanah – instead of its normal braided form, it's molded into a circle to represent the cycle of life! Challah is also dipped in honey on Rosh Hashanah in order to make a wish for a sweet new year!

    What are some other similar traditions that you know about from other religions or that you practice in your own??



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