Rosh Hashanah 2017: When is it, and what does it celebrate?

How to Jew: Rosh Hashanah

Shanah Tovah: Rosh Hashanah Begins At Sunset Wednesday

Yaakov Finkelstein, Consul General of Israel in Mumbai, said, "The Rosh Hashanah symbolises a new beginning".

Rosh Hashana lasts through Friday night.

Here's how nearby Portland-area synagouges are observing the Jewish New Year. The women, who came from Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, learned how to make and braid challah, the traditional Jewish bread that is eaten on Shabbat (the Sabbath) and on Jewish holidays, including Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

A custom called tashlich, which comes from the word "to cast", typically is performed on Rosh Hashanah at a body of water.

The two-day celebration is packed with special foods and traditions and is one of the most important dates in the Jewish calendar, but when does it start and end and how is it celebrated?

How is Rosh Hashanah celebrated?

Some Ashkenazi Jews place a fish head on the holiday table - replaced by a cow tongue by some Sephardic Jews - in the hope that God will make us "the head, not the tail" in the coming year.

Customs include sounding a hollowed-out ram's horn known as a shofar after readings from the Torah, which is the Jewish religious text.

The festival is a chance to enjoy time spent feasting with friends and familyWhy do the dates of Rosh Hashanah change?

The province's Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour is wishing all Jewish Newfoundlanders and Labradorians a happy Rosh Hashanah.

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