Jews to celebrate new year at sundown Monday 29September 29th, 2008 - 7:59 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot
For the majority new year starts in January, but for the 15.8 million Jewish people around the world, are celebrating their new year at sundown Monday 29.
Jewish new year is observed on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. There are 10 main things about Jewish on their new year.
- “It’s a new year but instead of revelry and celebration, it means a turning inward,”
- Blow shofar, a ram’s horn instrument, the sound of it awakens a desire to live a simpler, more pure life.
- It is a time for reflecting, Jews take time to think about their lives over the past year.
- It is a time to forgive others.
- Taking action by asking directly from people for forgiveness whether you have ever done wrong.
- Food that symbolizes a desire for sweetness for the new year. Some popular foods are apples, honey, yeast-leavened egg bread, dates, pomegranates, carrots, black-eyed peas, cabbage, beets and fish.
- Fasting on Yom Kippur begins at sunset on the evening before Yom Kippur and ends at sunset on Yom Kippur.
- Day of Atonement, seeking forgiveness and trying to live a better life. During Yom Kippur, Jews fast and often wear white clothes to symbolize a desire for purity with God.
- Breaking fast, end of Yom Kippur, Jews often break fast with a meal at sundown at friends’ homes. It’s a time of togetherness for those who have gone through a period of forgiveness and reconciliation.
- Transformation; The process of the Jewish High Holy Days is transforming, many Jews feel. And it brings hope.
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