Happy Rosh Hashanah, 9 September 2018

Israel is the Middle East holy land of ancient religious and historical sacredness, on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered with Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Gaza, and Cyprus is in the vicinity, in the sea. The habitats include Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

The population of Israel is about 85 lacs, i.e., 8.5 million that is around 0.1% population of the world. Jews are 75.4%, 20.6% Arabs, Christians ~2% etc, information through internet source.

Rosh Hashanah is the New Year in the Jewish community the world over. The celebration of Rosh Hashanah as per the Gregorian calendar 2018 date format is from the evening of the 9th of September to the evening of the 11th of September. The date of the Rosh Hashanah is determined as per the Hebrew-Jewish lunar calendar. This corresponds to the Gregorian September-October period. The word ‘Rosh’ literally means the head and ‘Shanah’ part of Hashanah means the year. Therefore, it means the start (head) of the year.

The celebrations of the Jewish New Year, vis-à-vis, Rosh Hashanah also includes the blowing of the sound creating instrument Shofar. Shofar is made of the ram’s horn. Special food and drink items are made ready. Fish is also the key food item.

Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration. It is also celebrated to mark the first man and woman on Earth, Adam and Eve; and also the creation of the world. Candles are lit. Many natives perform prayer ceremonies and have a feast with sweet items, and party. It is a holiday time. Many ask for forgiveness from God for any wrongdoings.

We wish Shanah Tovah, Happy Rosh Hashanah on the occasion of the Jewish New Year.

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