Jewish Holiday Rosh hashanah honey and apples with pomegranate
Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday at sundown.

Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of a cycle of fall holidays, beginning with sunset on the night of the new moon and continuing with the day of fasting of Yom Kippur. The holidays culminate with Sukkot – which begins with the full moon of the harvest month of Tishrei.

Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish new year 5784, begins at sundown today.

Families celebrate Rosh Hashanah with traditions that include lighting candles in the evening, and eating special sweet treats, including challah bread with raisins and apple slices dipped in honey.

It is customary to wish each other “l’shana tova,” meaning “for a good year.”

Some observe Rosh Hashanah with a Tashlich ceremony at a body of water — a ceremony to symbolically cast away one’s sins. Some people throw things like bread into the water to represent casting away of sins.

Rosh Hashanah ends at sundown Sunday evening.

Happy New Year to all who celebrate!

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