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Last Updated: Thursday November 15 2001 12:09 GMT

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

A rabbi blowing a 'shofar' or ram's horn for Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah literally means 'Head of the Year' and is a celebration of the creation of the world. It's known as the Jewish New Year.

It's a time to pray and look back at whether we've behaved well over the past year.


  • In the synagogue, a 'shofar' or ram's horn is blown to start a ten-day period known as the 'High Holy Days', the most religious time of the calendar.
  • It's traditional to eat sweet food, to symbolize hopes for a sweet year ahead. So bread or apple dipped in honey is eaten.


  • Two days in September or October

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