08/22/2013 01:20 EDT

When Is Rosh Hashanah 2013?


Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins the night of Wednesday, Sept. 4.

The festival starts on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which falls in the early autumn (or spring, depending on which hemisphere you're in).

The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of self-reflection and and repentance that culminates in Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement.

Jews around the world will be celebrating the two-day holiday in synagogues and around festive dinner tables featuring symbolic foods like dates, apples, honey and pomegranates to signify the wish for sweetness in the year to come.

Rosh Hashanah Recipes