This evening the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana started. It is the Jewish New Year. It lasts for 3 days and is followed by Yom Kippur 10 days later, which is much more serious.
My family is not religious but I love holidays because I love special themed holiday food and family gatherings. Rosh Hashana foods are delicious and full of symbolism. Here are my favourites:
Apples with Honey!
Apples dipped in honey are delicious! It is an amazing combination of flavours and every year I am reminded that I really need to partake in this treat year round!
Eating this sweet treat also ensures that you will have a sweet new year (Shana Metuka!)
Whole Fish (With the head on)!
I love fish and definitely think North Americans don’t eat enough of it. Growing up in a Jewish family, fish was always part of any family gathering or celebration and it seems my family had an endless supply of recipes to prepare fish in exciting and delicious ways. In the case of Rosh Hashana the fish is meant to be served whole with the head attached. Eating the head of the fish ensures that in the new year you will always be ahead and not behind (a-HEAD! Get it?)
The pomegranate is a delicious fruit that’s maybe a tad frustrating to eat. Nonetheless it is HUGE in Israel in the fall. There is a ton of biblical symbolism when it comes to pomegranates (seriously, go google it) and it’s used in many Middle Eastern recipes. For Rosh Hashana specifically, a pomegranate’s many sweet seeds symbolize the many wondrous deeds and successes you will reap in the new year.
I bet you didn’t know that Jewish holidays are full of delicious foods and hilarious puns.
When you see your Jewish friends next, wish them Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday), and Shana Tova Ve Metuka (A good and sweet year).