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Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur

ROSH HASHANA (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה‎, literally "head of the year") is the Jewish New Year.  in 2016 it starts on Sunday, October 2 in the evening.

The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah (Hebrew: יוֹם תְּרוּעָה‎), sometimes translated as the Feast of Trumpets. It is the first of the High Holy Days (Yamim Nora'im or "Days of Awe").

Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei. Rosh Hashanah has its origin in the beginning of the economic year in the ancient Near East, marking the start of the agricultural cycle. Customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram's horn) and eating foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a "sweet new year".

Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. in 2016 it starts on the evening of Tuesday, October 11th. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.