This year Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, begins on Monday 6th September and ends on the evening of Wednesday 8th September.

Yom Kippur follows 10 days later and together they form part of the Yamim Nora’im, the “Days of Awe,” or “High Holidays.”

Rosh Hashanah feasts often include round challah bread and apples dipped in honey.

Minimalist and modern greeting card or invitation design for the Rosh Hashanah holiday with related icons and symbols.

Rosh Hashanah 2021 candle lighting explained

As with every key Jewish holiday, women and girls light candle on each night of the holiday and recite the appropriate blessings.

Another key part of Rosh Hashanah is the blowing of the shofar, a ram’s horn which is blown on both days of the holiday.

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Rabbi Andrea London of Beth Emet synagogue in Evanston, Illinois said that the blasting of the shofar is “both a call for justice and a call to listen to the pain of the world.”

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Rosh Hashanah candle lighting times

According to Chabad, on the first night of the holiday, candles should be lit 18 minutes before sunset.

On the second night, the candles should be lit from a pre-existing flame after nightfall. All preparations for candle lighting, such as arranging the candlesticks and candles, may not start before nightfall.

You can use this website to find out the timings for candle lighting in your city. Simply enter your city or zip code and the site will tell you the exact time you need to begin candle lighting.