Rosh Hashanah : The days of Awe

Rosh Hashanah is the day of the Jewish New Year and is a holiday for the people. On the first day of the seventh month Tishrei of the Hebrew calendar, this day is celebrated. Of the High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah is the first day and it is the first of the days which are kept especially for repentance. The day commemorates the creation of the world and begins ten days before Yom Kippur which is the beginning of the "days of awe". This Year Rosh Hashanah date is 9, September and 10, September 2010. It is considered to be the day of creation of man and also is the start of the civil year for Hebrew people for people, animals and also legal contracts.

Rosh Hashanah

Celebrations of Rosh Hashanah

The Jewish High Holy Days are celebrated during the 10 day religious period of this festival between the 1st day (Rosh Hashanah) and the 10th day (Yom Kippur) of Tishri.

More than celebrations, it is the prayers that are more stressed upon on the day of Rosh Hashanah. A Shofar which is an instrument made from a ram's horn is also blown on this day. It marks the awakening of the people with the sound of Shofar from the slumber they are in. All activities which are prohibited on Shabbat are also banned on this day. People have different customs which they follow like reciting prayers near natural flowing water or even throwing pebbles in water which marks the casting off the sins in both the cases.

For the day of Rosh Hashanah, the traditional greeting is Shana Tova which means "A Good Year". For the entire month, the Shofar is blown every morning for the people to mark the days of awe and repentance. Also, on day of Rosh Hashanah there are additions that are made to the prayers which includes the repetition of the Amidah prayer for both Shacharit and Mussaf.