This holiday begins with a day known as Rosh Hashanah, which literally means the head of the year, commonly known as the Jewish New Year. Unlike the American holiday New Year’s Day, this is a holy day in the Jewish religion. The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is a time when one makes resolutions and examines one's behaviors and relationships and asks for forgiveness. Resolutions for future relationships are the primary focus of the holiday period.
One of the most symbolic elements of the holiday is the shofar, a ram’s horn, which is blown in synagogue on the first day of the holiday Rosh Hashanah and again on the last day, Yom Kippur. The sounds of the shofar evoke history and awe and are an important observance of the holiday.
Another popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol of a wish for a sweet new year. The holiday meals usually feature these treats along with many other traditional delicious foods. Personalized beverage napkins and guest towels for the holiday can add a bit of elegance to the occasion. Personalized party essentials such as printed plastic plates and personalized cups can make clean-up a little easier! And lovely engraved wine glasses, ice buckets and personalized acrylic trays are perfect accents.
The common greeting on during this holiday is L'shanah tovah ("for a good year") which is another way to say "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year". It is very common to see this phrase on many Jewish New Year cards along with many other sentiments wishing joy and happiness. Whether it's a holiday card featuring a family picture or a traditional holiday card with a Judaica design, it's a perfect time of year to keep in touch with family and friends and wish everyone L'shanah tovah.
Jewish New Year begins with Rosh Hashanah and concludes with the holiday Yom Kippur. This holiday period is a time of renewed starts, fresh beginnings, bringing little gifts of food and candies to friends, participating in synagogue services, the preparation of traditional holiday meals for friends and family, and sending wishes of a sweet new year with Jewish New Year cards.
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