Rosh al-Shana is a Jewish New Year (26/09)

The Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah (ראש השנה) is celebrated in honor of the creation of the world, it symbolizes the beginning of a new year and the end of the outgoing year. There is a legend that on the days of Rosh Hashanah, God notes in the Book of Life what fate awaits each of the people in the coming year: “... who will live and who will die, who will have peace, and who will wander, who will torment, to whom poverty is destined, and to whom wealth. Sincere belief that God wishes everyone good and well-being turns this day into a holiday.

At this time, the Jews are ordered to analyze their actions for the entire previous year and prepare for the beginning year. Thinking about the future, the Jews are asking for peace, harmony, health. The sound of the shofar (ram's horn) calls: “Wake up those who are dozing, who are wasting their allotted years senselessly. Examine your souls and do good to your deeds.”

Rosh Hashanah is celebrated for two days, on the 1st and 2nd of the Jewish month of Tishri. This holiday is celebrated in Israel by everyone. On this day, they give each other gifts, send congratulations to those who are far away. The family gathers at the table, which is decorated with traditional festive dishes. Of course, any person wants the beginning of the year to be good for him, “sweet”. That is why on this day many dishes are served on the table, symbolizing the wish for a “full”, happy year.

Depending on local traditions, these dishes may vary, but almost everywhere in Jewish families they serve: fish - a symbol of fertility; head (lamb or fish) - to be "at the head", and not in the tail; carrots in circles - in shape and color, it should resemble gold coins, wealth; round sweet challah with raisins - so that the year is full, healthy; vegetables and fruits - as a sign of hope for a bountiful harvest; apples and honey - a piece of apple, dipped in honey, is eaten at the beginning of the meal immediately after challah, "so that the year is sweet and happy."