Rosh Hashanah, literally the “head of the year” is the Jewish New Year. It is a time of inner renewal and divine atonement. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Friday, September 18th. For those observing two days, it ends at sundown on Sunday, September 20th. (Some Jews observe only one day and for them it ends at sundown on Saturday, September 19th.)
Many people go to a Tashlich service where they throw bread crumbs into a naturally running body of water as a means of casting away their sins. On the second night of Rosh Hashanah it is customary to eat a new fruit, a symbol of newness.