Rosh Hashanah

This is why South Africa celebrates Rosh Hashanah 2021

Jade Kruger - 06.09.2021

Here are the reasons South Africa celebrates Rosh Hashanah.

The South African Jewish population is growing and so more people are celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

Why does South Africa celebrate Rosh Hashanah?

The reason South Africans celebrate Rosh Hashanah is the same reason we celebrate Christmas or Eid. It’s because South Africa is known for being diverse in race, religion and culture, so when there is a religious holiday South Africa celebrates.

Rosh Hashanah means “head of the new year”. This holiday signifies the beginning of the ’10 days of awe’, a time to reflect and repent. This year the holiday starts on Monday 6 September and will end in two days.

How is this religious holiday celebrated?

During this holiday do good deeds. This is a time for prayer, reflecting on the past and making amends. The best way to celebrate Rosh Hashanah is to follow customs such as attending Synagogue services and enjoying festive meals with your family.

Blowing the shofar, a trumpet made of ram horns, during Synagogue is a reminder that God is king and is a common thing during Rosh Hashanah.  There are many different interpretations of the shofars meaning.

Festive meals, recipes, and their meanings

Before the meal, Jewish people will light two candles and the meal will consist of feature foods that represent positive wishes for the new year.

  • Apples and honey: Ancient Jewish people believed that apples had healing properties. Honey signifies hope for the New Year to be sweet.
  • Round challah: Bread that symbolises the cyclic nature of life or the crown of God.

For easy access, here’s some recipes shared by the people of Twitter.