Jewish New Year was celebrated on Wednesday (4th September) throughout the world. However, in Israel, it was celebrated in a big way with the event of Rosh Hashana to begin soul-searching period of ten days. The two-day holiday for Jewish New Year in Irael is meant to commemorate the creation of the world. Thus, for the Jews, Rosh Hashanah marks the completion of the creation of the world and a matter of celebration.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the occasion Jewish New Year wished and prayed for real and enduring peace in the region. The security in Jerusalem was stepped for people to celebrate the New Year. The Jewish New Year was marked with festive meals with fish, wine and an apple dipped in honey.
In various synagogues the rituals of sounding of the shofar trumpet made of a ram's horn. It is believed widely as the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve to realize the role of human beings in God's world. On this day, eating apples dipped in honey to evoke a "sweet new year". People greet one another by saying 'Shana Tovar Umetukah' or "A Good and Sweet Year."
In the first ten days of Jewish New Year, the believers are meant to do self-examination and repentance beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with the holiday of Yom Kippur.These ten days of soul-searching by the Jews are also called High Holy Days.
In India, the oldest of the Jewish communities lives in Cochin, Kerala. Historians hold that the Jews came here in 562 BCE and some more as exiles from Israel in the year 70 CE. In Cochin, the Jewish community was called Anjuvannam and have a synagogue in Mattancherry area.