Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, which means it’s a time to celebrate. It is a two-day celebration and it is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days. For all the details on this year’s dates, next year’s Rosh Hashanah calendar, the meaning behind the holiday, food recipes and traditions, read on below.
2016 DATES: Rosh Hashanah 2016 starts in the evening of Sunday, October 2, 2016 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
2017 DATES: Rosh Hashanah 2017 starts in the evening of Wednesday, September 20, 2017 and ends in the evening of Friday, September 22, 2016.
MEANING: The holiday is said to be the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, who were the first man and woman created, as said in the Hebrew Bible, according to Chabad.org. It takes place 163 days after the first day of Passover.
TRADITIONS: Many “sound” or blow the shofar, which is a hollowed ram’s horn. Eating apples dipped in honey for a “sweet New Year” is another tradition. Candle lighting in the evenings and festive meals for the occasion are often used in celebration.
GREETINGS: “Shanah Tovah,” which means to have a good year.
SYMBOLIC FOODS: In addition to apples dipped in honey, there are several other symbolic foods associated with the holiday. Pomegranates are said to be the “new fruit” for the occasion, according to About Food. Spinach, beets, gourds, dates, carrots, green beans, black-eyed peas, fish heads, sheep, garlic and cabbage are also often included in the holiday meal.
RECIPES: Click any of the below recipe titles to check out how to make each one.
Traditional Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake
Braised Short Ribs with Vegetables and Golden Raisins
Apples and Honey Cake Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce
Hungarian Cabbage Strudel
Lamb Braised in Pomegranate