Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, which means it’s a time to celebrate. This two-day celebration is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days. Rosh Hashanah started in the evening of Sunday, September 9, 2018 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Many people “sound” or blow the shofar, which is a hollowed ram’s horn, in celebration of the new year. 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 as well. “L’Shanah Tovah” is the general greeting for the occasion, which means to have a good year.
In addition to apples dipped in honey, there are several other symbolic foods associated with Rosh Hashanah. Pomegranates are said to be the “new fruit” for the occasion. Spinach, beets, gourds, dates, carrots, green beans, sheep, garlic, black-eyed peas, fish heads, and cabbage are also often included in the holiday meal.
Traditional Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake – Honey cake is a Rosh Hashanah tradition and it has a sweet flavor for a sweet new year.