Rosh Hashanah begins on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei and is one of the two major holy days.

WASHINGTON — Over the next few weeks, the Jewish people of the world will come together to observe Great holidays.

There is two main Great Holidaysalso known as the High Holidays, the first of which is Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year.

Some of the main ways to celebrate Rosh Hashanah include attending synagogue services to hear the blowing of the shofar, sacred ram’s horn, and there are apples and honey. Apples embody hopes for fruitfulness and honey symbolizes the desire for a sweet year.

Rosh Hashanah often includes a ritual called tashlichwhere you throw bread into running water to symbolically wash away the sins of the past year.

Rosh Hashanah is considered the date of the creation of the world, and also begins “Days of Awe” or “Ten Days of Repentance”, A 10-day period ending on Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, but also one of the most somber celebrations of the year. Jewish adults who celebrate Yom Kippur will usually fast for about 25 hours (starting at sundown the night before). however, Jewish teaching explains that anyone whose health may be endangered by the fast is exempt from it and must continue to eat and drink water on Yom Kippur.

When is Rosh Hashanah?

The 2022 Rosh Hashanah celebration began at sunset on Sunday, September 25, and ends at sunset on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

It begins on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei. The Jewish calendar is primarily based on the Moon, while the Gregorian calendar is based on the Sun, so it can appear that High Holidays are sometimes “late” or “early” in the US. However, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are always celebrated on the same days on the Jewish calendar.

What to say to someone on Rosh Hashanah?

There are many acceptable ways to congratulate someone celebrating Rosh Hashanah. It’s a festive holiday, so if you want to keep it simple, Happy New Year works great.

Jews often greet each other by saying “Shana Tova” (pronounced shah-NAH toe-VAH), which means “Good Year”.

Is Rosh Hashanah a federal holiday?

No, Rosh Hashanah is not a federal holiday in the US.

When is Yom Kippur?

The 2022 Yom Kippur holiday begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 4, and ends at sundown on Wednesday, October 5.

What do you say to someone on Yom Kippur?

Unlike Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur is a somber holiday, so you shouldn’t say “Happy Yom Kippur” to someone.

Instead, you can tell someone to “take it easy.” Some have recently started wishing people a “significant fast”. It recognizes that fasting on Yom Kippur does not necessarily have to be an easy task.

Another traditional greeting is “G’mar chatima tova” (pronounced gih-MAR chah-tee-MAH toe-VAH), which basically means “May you be forever written in the Book of Life.” In Jewish tradition, fate is believed to be decided on Rosh Hashanah and determined on Yom Kippur.