Rosh Hashanah, which translates as "the head of the year" is the Jewish New Year festival. It commemorates the creation of the human race and is also a day of God's judgement and personal reflection on one's good and bad deeds over the year. Traditions include:

  • the blowing of the Shofar, a trumpet made from a ram's horn
  • foods emphasising sweetness, such as apples dipped in honey, as a symbol of a sweet new year to come
  • serving round challah bread as a symbol of the year's circle
  • pomegranates are also served - its many seeds symbolize fruitfulness; they are also said to have 613 seeds, which correspond to the 613 commandments of the Torah
  • prayers said by flowing water with sins symbolically cast off into the stream.

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