What Is Rosh Hashanah?

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In the Bible the festival is described as “a day of blowing the trumpets” (Numbers 29:1). It is one of the “feasts of the Lord” that God commanded His people to observe (Leviticus 23:2).

In modern Judaism the festival is considered the first day of the Jewish "civic" calendar year, so it’s referred to as Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year.” It occurs in the autumn season in the Northern Hemisphere. The biblical observance of the Feast of Trumpets isn’t related to the beginning of the Hebrew calendar new year (which is in the spring of the year in the Northern Hemisphere (Exodus 12:2)).

Like all of God’s festivals the Feast of Trumpets points Christians toward the fulfillment of God’s plan for mankind. This festival pictures Jesus Christ's return as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, setting up His Kingdom on Earth with His resurrected saints. To learn more about the meaning of this festival and why it's important to you, read “The Exciting Feast of Trumpets.”