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The celebration of Rosh Hashanah

Updated 11:47 AM ET, Mon September 14, 2015
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Rosh Hashanah means "head of the year" in Hebrew. It is a time for reflection and repentance and is referred to as the "day of judgment" or the "day of repentance." One of the most significant rituals of the holiday is the blowing of the shofar, or ram's horn. It is used as a call to repentance during the High Holy Days. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A popular ritual is to walk to a river or body of water and recite special prayers of penitence. Afterward, one throws breadcrumbs in the water to symbolically cast away sins. David Silverman/Getty Images
Getting a hair cut and the wearing of new clothes is customary during Rosh Hashanah. VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Apples dipped in honey are often eaten during the holiday, symbolizing the hope for a good year to come. MARIANA VASCONCELLOS/AFP/Getty Images
Round loaves of challah bread are also often dipped in honey during the celebrations. Steve Jessmore/AP
Pomegranates are eaten because the seeds are symbolic of the many commandments in the Torah that Jews must fulfill. Nir Alon/ZUMAPRESS