Over the next few weeks, Jewish people will gather together to celebrate the High Holy Days, the first of which is Rosh Hashanah 2023.
It’s a time for friends and families to wish each other well for the year ahead.
Some of the important ways to observe Rosh Hashanah include eating apples and honey and attending synagogue services to hear the blowing of the shofar.
Honey represents the desire for a sweet year and apples symbolize hopes for fruitfulness.
Rosh Hashanah also involves the tashlich ritual, where you throw bread into the water to symbolically erase sins from the past year.
The day is believed to mark the creation of the world and it begins the “Days of Awe”, a 10-day period that culminates with Yom Kippur.
The event of Rosh Hashanah 2023 begins at sundown on Sept. 15 and concludes at sundown on Sept. 17, 2023.
The Jewish calendar is based on the moon, while the Gregorian calendar is primarily based on the sun.
Hence, the High Holi Days are sometimes “early” and “late” in the US.
There are many ways to greet someone who is observing Rosh Hashanah, as a simple “Happy New Year” works just fine.
However, Rosh Hashanah 2023 is not a federal holiday in the US.