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Jews in Mumbai bring in 5778th new year

Jews in Mumbai bring in 5778th new year

Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish new year and the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, began yesterday and ends on Friday.

At the end of the 10 days is Yom Kippur, which is the Day of Atonement. It is a time for observant people to acknowledge their sins of the previous year and are judged for their transgressions by God.

On Rosh Hashanah it is traditional to eat honey, usually in cake form, or by dipping an apple in it, which signifies a sweet new year as well as fish heads, to symbolise the head of the year. Under current district rules, teachers should be aware of the holiday when assigning homework and tests as some students will be attending religious services.

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A custom called tashlich, which comes from the word "to cast", typically is performed on Rosh Hashanah at a body of water. A year ago it began on 2 October.

How is Rosh Hashanah celebrated?

Rosh Hashanah celebrates the start of the Jewish new year according to the Jewish calendar, which is based on the lunar cycle.

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Rabbi David Mason showing students at Simon Marks Jewish Primary School how to use a shofar, or ram's horn.

Around 100 blasts can often be heard throughout the New Year at the synagogue and it symbolises a call for repentance.

The festival is a chance to enjoy time spent feasting with friends and familyWhy do the dates of Rosh Hashanah change?

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