Do you know what are the different festivals celebrated by the jews?
Jews group originated in the Israel. Jews originated as an ethnic and religious group in the Middle East during the second millennium BCE. But after that, they migrated to some other parts of the world. They have a rich history, identity, and culture. Before the Second World War, the population of Jewish reached to 16.7 million which was around 0.7 percent of the total world population. More than 6 million Jews were orderly murdered during the Holocaust. The population of Jews has slowly increased and was estimated 14.4 million in 2016. According to data available on the internet, the maximum population (44%) resides in the Israel, which is estimated at 6.3 million. 40% people live in the United States (5.7 million), rest of them are living in Europe (1.4 million) and Canada (0.4 million). In this blog, we will discuss some of the festivals that are celebrated by the jews.
Rosh Hashanah- Rosh Hashanah is celebrated as the New Year of the Jewish. It is celebrated in the mid of September. The ten days beginning with Rosh Hashanah are known as the days of Awe. In the awe days, it is preferred to not to do any work. On the eve of the new year people greet each other and cook a lot of sweets at home. Moreover, it is the day when people apologize to them whom they have hurt.
Yom Kippur- Yom Kippur is the auspicious day on which attendance in the synagogue is compulsory. It is a day of fasting and confession of all crimes and offenses they have done in the past and they ask for the forgiveness. On Yom Kippur Jews believe that God makes the last judgment on everybody that who will live, die, prosper and fail during the next year, and it is believed that he seals his judgment in the Book of Life.
Passover or Pesach- This is considered to be one of the most important Jewish festivals. On this day, Jews remember the story of the Israelites liberation from slavery in Egypt. They sing songs and take blessings from the elders and the elders teach the importance and meaning of symbolism to the children.
Tu B’Shevat- It is the Jewish New Year for Trees. On this particular day, Jews eat the fruit of new trees which were planted three years back. The fourth year’s fruit was to be tithed to the synagogue. The main foods that are taken by Jews are barley, olives, wheat, figs, dates, and grapes. Planting trees is another tradition.
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