This year, the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, fall on September 5-6 and September 14th, respectively. For the Jewish New Year, Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana starting at sunset on Wednesday, September 4th.
The Jewish New Year occurs during the first two days of the Hebrew month known as Tishrei and is actually one of four Jewish New Years on the Hebrew calendar. As the start of the High Holy Days, Rosh Hashana, it marks the completion of the creation of the world and has been labeled as the day of judgment.
This is a special day where Jews gather in synagogues and participate in extended services. It is during this time that they hear a spiritual call to repent and think about what they have done and what they can do to be more spiritual in their lives.
Many delicious foods are also consumed on Rosh Hashanah, including raisin challah, honey cakes, and apples with honey.
Ten days after the Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur follows as the day of atonement where. During those 10 days, Jews have an opportunity to repent of their sins and ensure that they will not be judged among those that should die.
This celebration is considered the holiest day of the year. Because it involves atonement, the focus is on intensive prayer and fasting with much time spent at the synagogue during the course of this holy day.
Jewish Holy Day Celebrations
To commemorate such special days, you may want to include special flower arrangements around your home or send some beautiful bouquets to family and friends also celebrating during this special time. This is a way to let others know that you are thinking of them during this most holiest of times. It is also a beautiful way to provide a special reminder of what both of these holy days mean to you and your family.