Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah

When is Rosh Hashanah 2021?

Many Jewish Americans commemorate Rosh Hashanah, which is recognized as the Jewish New Year. It originates on the first day of Tishrei, which is the seventh month in the Jewish calendar and can last up to two days. It is sometimes called the Day of Blowing the Shofar or the Day of Remembrance.

Rosh Hashanah is considered a momentous and solemn occasion. In Jewish thought, it is the time when all the people, whether Jewish and non-Jewish, are judged for their activities over the previous year, and their reward or punishment designated.

It reminds of the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the days of Awe, a 10-day period of meditation and sorrow that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement. Some sources say that there were four new years, corresponding to the seasons in the Jewish calendar, one of the new years is Rosh Hashana.

Is Rosh Hashana a Public Holiday in the US?

Rosh Hashana is not a public holiday in the United States. But, it can be taken as an optional holiday for state government employees in Texas. In Florida, a chief judge of any judicial circuit can choose this day as a juridical holiday for court employees or workers inside the state's judicial circuit. Several Jewish organizations or businesses may remain closed or have limited opening hours on Rosh Hashana.

How do People celebrate Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah is a moment of family gatherings, special meals, and sweet foods. Many Jewish people commemorate Rosh Hashana by eating challah bread and apples dipped in honey. In the United States, many Jewish people seek mercy from friends and family before this event.

Some Jewish people do tashlikh. It is the custom of performing prayers near a naturally flowing water, such as stream or river, and symbolically throwing away one's sins as bread or other food. Many Jewish people perform tashlikh from areas such as the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges in New York. Some people may do it in a fish pond or mikveh if there is no river or stream in a particular place. The view of the Jewish people that taking days off from a job or arranging time during this time of year is to follow the belief that no work is allowed on Rosh Hashanah. Part of the day is spent in the synagogue, where the daily liturgy is regularly expanded. The story of Abraham narrated in the synagogues, and the Shofar serves as a reminder that God allowed Abraham to sacrifice Ram instead of Abraham's son, Isaac. The Shofar is blown like a trumpet during this year's time.

Facts related to Rosh Hashana

  • It is customary for 100 notes to be ringed with a Ram's horn as a call to repentance, in synagogues.
  • Jews wear new clothes on Rosh Hashanah and eat fresh fruits that have not yet tasted in the season. Common foods include round challah bread with pomegranates, raisins, pumpkins, carrots, and honey cake.
  • The Tashlich ritual performs on Rosh Hashana, many Jews 'cast off their sins' to a running water stream/sea containing fish. It is a symbol to purify one's body of sin and cast the sins onto the fish.
  • On Rosh Hashanah, it is supposed that God defines the fate of all Jews and Gentiles for that year. Jews wish each other with many Happy New Year wishes.

Rosh Hashanah Observances

Year Date Day Holiday
2021 7 Sep Tue Rosh HaShana Starts
2020 19 Sep Sat Rosh HaShana Starts
2019 30 Sep Mon Rosh HaShana Starts
2018 10 Sep Mon Rosh HaShanah Starts
2017 21 Sep Thu Rosh HaShanah Starts
2016 3 Oct Mon Rosh HaShanah Starts
2015 14 Sep Mon Rosh HaShanah Starts
2014 25 Sep Thu Rosh HaShanah Starts

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This Year Tuesday, 7 Sep, 2021
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