ROSH HASHANAH 2018 will begin this Sunday as millions of people celebrate the Jewish New Year. How is Rosh Hashanah celebrated and why do people eat so many sweets during the Jewish New Year?
The joyous occasion of the Jewish New Year commemorates the creation of the world and honours Judaism as a religion.
Rosh Hashanah starts on September 9 and will finish on Tuesday, September 11.
The Jewish New Year is celebrated in many different ways, including prayers and the blowing of a musical horn called “shofar”, made from a ram’s horn.
Yet, one of the most famous aspects of Rosh Hashanah is all the sweet food people eat during the festival.
The sweet food Jews eat during Rosh Hashanah is meant to symbolise the hope for a sweet and happy new year ahead.
Jews will say a special song before dipping apple slices in honey, which is said to have healing properties.
The song sung before eating the apples goes: “Dip the apple in the honey, make a bracha [blessing] loud and clear. L’Shana Tova U’Metuka, have a happy sweet New Year.”