Shana Tova! Happy New Year!
Sunday will (finally) be Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. If you’re wondering why the Jewish new year doesn’t line up with the calendar New Year, it’s because people actually celebrate New Years at different times for different reasons.
There’s the beginning of the new school year in August or September. The Islamic New Year moves around our calendar, but this year it was in the end of August. Then there’s the new calendar year in January. Chinese New Year is in February.
The holiday of Nowruz marks the Iranian (and the old Babylonian) New Year. India’s New Year is in the spring too. Easter starts the Christian year. And July is the beginning of the new tax year for businesses.
What do people eat for Rosh Hashanah?
Apples and honey are traditional, and challah bread. People bake the challah bread round for the holiday, to show that the years go around and around. A lot of people eat pomegranates too. Try our terrific recipe for challah bread!
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How to make challah
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