The Jewish New Year
Monday the 30th September and Tuesday 1st October, marks the new year in the Jewish calendar. This major Jewish festival goes by the name 'Rosh Hashannah.
To the Jewish community around the world, this is a fresh start and they want a sweet new year. This starts in the Jewish month called Tishrei and lasts for 2 days. This name Rosh Hashannah translates to Head of the Year.
Rosh Hashannah is the Jewish new year. They want to pray for a happy new year ahead of them. They throw bread into a river to represent themselves throwing away their sins (bad deeds) from the past year.
A ram's horn called the Shofar, is sounded 100 times during a synagogue service as a wake-up call to the Jews to remind them about the new year ahead.
Fun fact: Someone managed to constantly blow the Shofar for 1 minute and 11 seconds!
To celebrate Rosh Hashannah, Jews eat lots of different foods to represent different things. The most common of them: Apple dipped in sweet Honey. This tasty delight symbolizes a sweet new year, the apple being the Year, honey being sweet. Normally, Jewish communities come together in a synagogue and have family gatherings for lots of meals.