Rosh Hashanah - dates to be held in 2016. How Rosh Hashanah Day is Celebrated - Congratulations and Pictures for the Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is also called Rosh Hashanah or Rosh Hashanah. In Hebrew this word means "the head of the year". According to legend, it was on this day that God completed the creation of the universe. Rosh Hashanah - one of the most important holidays in the Jewish culture. In addition, this is not an ordinary holiday in the sense that the dates of the Jewish New Year are stretched for two days. When are Rosh Hashanah celebrated? When will the Jewish New Year come in 2016? Why does it last two whole days? What traditions and rituals are characteristic of Rosh Hashanah? What is the symbol of the Jewish New Year? How is Rosh ha-Shana celebrated? What greetings, cards and gifts can you prepare for Rosh Hashanah? Read about this, and not only, in our article.
Dates of Rosh Hashanah in 2016
The dates for Rosh Hashanah in 2016 were 2, 3 and 4 October. Thus, the Jewish New Year lasts from the evening of October 2 until the evening of October 4. It is important to note that the Jewish holiday does not always fall on these dates.
The thing is that the Jews have their own calendar, which differs from the usual Gregorian calendar. The Jewish calendar is guided by the moon: the new moon marks the beginning of a new month. And since the lunar calendar does not coincide with the Gregorian (because the length of the lunar months differs from the calendar), the Jewish calendar even suggests a different number of days in a year compared to the Gregorian. This explains why Rosh Hashanah falls on new dates every year.
According to the Jewish calendar, Rosh Hashanah is held on the first day of the Tishri month. And the day for the Jews comes not in the morning, but in the evening - with the setting of the sun. That is why the New Year for the Jews comes in the evening.
Unusual is the fact that Rosh ha-Shana is held within 2 days. How to explain it? Initially, like all holidays, the Jewish New Year lasted only one day. But then the first Jewish prophets began to disagree as to when the new moon was coming.Since this was determined solely by the testimony of two people (the first Jewish prophets), there was a possibility of error. And to avoid it, Rosh Hashanah decided to celebrate two whole days. There is another explanation for this unusual tradition. It is known that the new moon does not occur on all the earth at the same time. Therefore, in order to signal the coming of the new moon, the Jews lit a large bonfire, which other Jews could see from afar and, in turn, also lit a bonfire. A signal transmission using fires takes more than one day.
How Rosh Hashanah is celebrated: the meaning and rites of the holiday
In fact, Rosh Hashanah is not just a New Year. This is a celebration in which God determines the fate of people for the coming year and writes his decisions in the Book of Life. Like many other believers, the Jews believe that God is good and wishes his subjects only good fortune. From this faith holiday is filled with fun.
On the other hand, Rosh ha-Shana assumes that before the New Year not only God, but also the man himself will think about his fate: what he did last year and what he is going to do in the coming year. Rosh Hashanah is a time of reflection, introspection and repentance.If you understand better, the period of reflection lasts not two days, but ten full days: the period from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur lasts that much. This time is also called the Ten Days of Repentance.
An integral symbol of the Jewish New Year is the shofar - a religious wind instrument. The word "shofar" in Hebrew means "correction, improvement." The sound of the shofar is a call to God's judgment, penetrates the very heart of a person and appeals to his conscience.
One of the main rites of Rosh Hashanah is Tashlich, when Jews go to the reservoirs and read prayers, hymns and other sacred texts there. At the same time, people throw into the water small pieces of bread, which symbolize the rejected sins.
Rosh Hashanah spends a lot of time per day in the synagogues. There is even a rule that you must read the thirty holy texts. The first ten texts mention God as king. The second ten texts remind us that God remembers everything. And finally, the third ten texts must mention the shofar.
However, one should not think that Rosh Hashanah is a sad holiday, full of prayers and repentance.On this day, Jews dress up in white robes and congratulate each other, wishing a happy New Year and getting into the Book of Life. On this day, no one swears and offends no one. People give each other gifts. Especially Rosh Hashanah is loved by children, because on the table this day there are many sweets.
One of the main rokamstv Rosh Hashanah - honey. It is usually eaten with apples or bread. Also a special place on the festive table is occupied by traditional Jewish dishes: the head of a ram or fish, dates and pomegranates, as well as other dishes, symbolizing wealth and well-being.
Pictures and greetings for Rosh Hashanah
The best gift for the day of Rosh Hashanah is a keg with honey. It symbolizes the sweetness of life in the new year. You can give other sweets, as well as nice little things. Warm words of congratulations from a pure heart are appropriate on this day. You can congratulate on the Jewish New Year during a feast, and write nice lines in a postcard. But it often happens that people close to this wonderful day are far away. Then you can send greetings with Rosh Hashanah by e-mail and attach a beautiful thematic picture to the letter.
Le-shana totova tikatevu ve-tikhatemu!Let it be written and sealed by the decision that you will have a good year!
Get into the book of Life -
Rosh Hashanah is ahead.
Let the shofar trumpet around
Honey treat you friend.
It will be a sweet new year,
All the people have fun.
Let it be a good New Year,
Like mother's voice.
Let it be fed New Year,
Like bread spike.
May the New Year be pure,
Like a violin song,
May the New Year be tender,
Like the light of a smile.
Let it be a sweet New Year,
On honey like.
May the New Year be happy,
And we are with him too.
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