The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar.
The date of Rosh Hashanah changes every year. That means different people mark the holiday over different time spans depending on how devout they are. Rosh Hashanah begins on the first day of the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, Tishrei. This means that the date varies each year in accordance with the lunar calendar. It almost always falls in September or October.
This year, Rosh Hashanah started at sunset on Sunday 25 September. Some Jewish people observe it for two days, and some for just one, meaning it either ends at sunset on Monday 26 September or Tuesday 27 September, depending on your beliefs.
In the Torah, Rosh Hashanah actually marks when God is said to have created the world, rather than the new calendar year. That is why it is celebrated later in the calendar year.
Jewish people use the time as an opportunity for introspection and reflection before the eyes of God.
Shana Tova to all of our residents celebrating.