If “Happy New Year” stats have been popping up in your Facebook newsfeed today, know that you’re not going crazy. It’s Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year. Check out these seven facts about the holiday.
- Rosh Hashanah  literally means “head of the year.” And marks the completion of the creation of the world, according to the Jewish oral tradition.
- It starts at sundown on Sept. 16 (Sunday) and ends at nightfall on Sept. 18 (Tuesday).
- The holiday falls in the month of Tishrei, which is the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar.
- Rosh Hashanah is one of four new years in the Jewish year . It’s considered the new year of people, animals, and legal contracts.
- It is the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days (Yamim Noraim – the “Days of Awe”) and 10 days later Yom Kippur aka the “day of atonement” is celebrated.
- The New Year is the only Jewish holiday that is observed for two days by all Jews and it’s the only major holiday that falls on a new moon.
- Traditional Rosh Hashanah foods are apples and honey, raisin challah, honey cake and pomegranate. This is tied to the common holiday greeting: shana tovah u'metukah, Hebrew for "a good and sweet new year."
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