Rosh Hashanah
A Jewish man blows a ram horn during Rosh Hashanah in Israel.Reuters File

'Rosh Hashanah', commonly referred to as the Jewish New Year, is an important holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. The event begins on the first day of Tishrei (or Tishri), which is the seventh month in the Jewish calendar and often lasts for two days.

Rosh Hashanah 2015 will begin on 13 September and will end on the evening of 15 September.

Rosh Hashanah 2015

A popular custom during Rosh Hashanah is to eat apples dipped in honey. As per tradition, it is believed that eating apples dipped in honey brings in a 'sweet new year'. 

During Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish people traditionally wear white or light colours while visiting the synagogue, where they light candles and perform the Tashlich.

Rosh Hashanah Greetings

Before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish people wish each other by saying "Ketivah v'chatima tovah" which means "A good inscription and sealing [in the Book of Life]."

On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, it is traditional to greet one another with "Leshana tovah tikatev v'tichatem" . When greeting a female, this is modified to"Leshana tovah tikatevee v'tichatemee". This means, "May you be written and sealed for a good year."

Here are some picture greetings that you can share with friends and family on Facebook or Whatsapp:

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Rosh Hashanah Wishes

Rosh Hashanah is not a very festive holiday as it is more of a spiritual affair in which people of the Jewish faith pray for forgiveness and deliverance. But after prayer and penance, families and friends gather together for special meals and traditional sweets.

Here are some messages and greetings that you can share with your friends and family:

Happy Rosh Hashanah

"Wishing all those who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a happy, healthy, and sweet new year."

"Wishing you good health, happiness, peace and prosperity. Today and all through the year! L'shanah Tovah!"

"On Rosh Hashanah wishing you peace, happiness, good luck God's blessing and success. L'shanah Tovah! Happy Rosh Hashanah!"

"At the New Year, with special thoughts of you, and a wish that the year ahead will be filled with peace, happiness, and good health."

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"On Rosh Hashanah it is written... On Yom Kippur it is sealed. May it be written and may it be sealed that you have a new year that brings fulfillment and happiness, peace and prosperity - all of life's very best things. Have a Happy, Healthy New Year!"

"May this New Year be filled with health and happiness, and sweet moments for you and your family. L'shanah Tovah!"

"When you look into your heart as the New Year starts, may you discover a new sense of possibility, a new belief in the gifts you have to share, and a renewed commitment to your faith and your dreams. Happy Rosh Hashanah!"

"May your home light up with joy. Happy Rosh Hashanah!"