Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year which originally referred to a holy memorial with the blowing of shofar (a trumpet made from a ram’s horn) in the Bible. Rosh Hashanah literally means “Head of the Year” in Hebrew and consists of several religious services: repent for wrongs, waiting for judgment and praying for a harvest. Rosh Hashanah is observed on the first two days of Tishrei. After sunset the next day at dusk, some Jewish services are performed. Main traditions in Rosh Hashanah include blowing shofar in a series of Judaism activities, enjoying a generous meal at home to mark the New Year. Repenting for one’s wrongs in the previous year is also part of the festival.
Israelites usher in the first day in one year from Rosh Hashanah. Government press, newspapers and most radios choose to countdown “Jewish Time.” In fact, all kinds of celebrations are in full swing before Rosh Hashanah.