What is Rosh Hashanah?


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!


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??