Rosh Hashanah around the world in 2020

Rosh Hashanah around the world in 2020
  How long until Rosh Hashanah?
This holiday next takes place in 339 days.
  Dates of Rosh Hashanah around the world
2021 IsraelSep 7, Sep 8
Israel Wed, Sep 8National Holiday
Israel Tue, Sep 7National Holiday
2020 IsraelSep 19, Sep 20
Israel Sun, Sep 20National Holiday
Israel Sat, Sep 19National Holiday
2019 IsraelSep 30, Oct 1
Israel Tue, Oct 1National Holiday
Israel Mon, Sep 30National Holiday
2018 IsraelSep 10, Sep 11
Israel Tue, Sep 11National Holiday
Israel Mon, Sep 10National Holiday
2017 IsraelSep 21, Sep 22
Israel Fri, Sep 22National Holiday
Israel Thu, Sep 21National Holiday
The Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah is generally known as the New Year' s Day of the Jewish calendar
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When is Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah is observed the first and second day of the seventh month of the Jewish religious year, Tishri. This means it usually takes place in September in the western calendar.

Though it might seem strange to celebrate the new year at the start of the seventh month, Tishri is the first month in the civil calendar.

In Israel, Rosh Hashanah is the only holiday that lasts for two days as it is considered too important to be observed for only 24 hours.

Both days are considered one long day of 48 hours.

Known as the Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah is recorded in the Old Testament book of Leviticus 23:23-25 and also in Numbers 29:1-6.

Traditions of Rosh Hashanah

The Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah is generally known as the New Year's Day of the Jewish calendar, but has a fourfold meaning - It is the Jewish New Year, the Day of Judgement, the Day of Remembrance, and the Day of Shofar Blowing.

  • It is the Day of Judgement - Jews across the world examine their past deeds and asks for forgiveness for their sins.
  • It is the Day of Shofar Blowing - The Shofar (an ancient musical horn usually made of a ram's horn) is blown in temples to herald the beginning of the 10 day period known as the High Holy Days. The sound of the horn is meant to awaken the hearers from their spiritual slumber, to make them aware of their actions and their repercussions
  • It is the Day of Remembrance - As Jews remember the history of their people and pray for Israel.
  • And of course it is New Year's Day - Celebrated with its holiday greeting cards, special prayers, and festive and eating sweet foods such as apples dipped in honey (to ensure sweetness in the New Year).

The traditions of Rosh Hashanah are simple as the only commandment specified for the holiday is the blowing of the shofar.

Did you know?

According to Judiasm, Rosh Hashanah is traditionally the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve.

The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Repentance or the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim). This is a time for introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent (Teshuvah) before Yom Kippur. Jews are expected to reach out to friends, loved ones and community members and apologise to them for any wrongs they did to them during the year. And any apology must sincere and meaningful.

Shanah Tovah! (Hebrew for "have a good year!")

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