JERUSALEM, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- World leaders, celebrities and major corporations have come together to wish the world "Shana Tova," or "a good year," in recognition of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year celebration.
Marking the end of the Hebrew calendar, Wednesday's Rosh Hashanah festivities and observances will bring the Hebrew year 5774 to a close and kick off 5775 at sunset on Friday with the sound of a Shofar, a hollowed ram's horn blown throughout the new year to remind believers to consider the year gone by.
Celebrants will spend the week with friends, family and in synagogue, solemnly reflecting on the past year and seeking forgiveness from those they have wronged.
But Rosh Hashanah isn't only about introspection and anticipation -- it's also about honey! In the hopes of a sweet year, Jewish people around the world will enjoy honey cake and honey-dipped treats like apples and challah. They will then reflect for 10 days until Yom Kippur, when they will fast for 25 hours.
Shanah tovah! To all who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah: May you have a happy and sweet new year.— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) September 24, 2014
Shana Tova everyone celebrating .x— Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles) September 23, 2014
This yr, let's work together to tackle our nation's challenges & improve Americans' lives. Thoughts on Rosh Hashanah: http://t.co/dzZ9ef6vXV— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) September 24, 2014
I wish families across the country a joyous Rosh Hashanah. We are especially mindful of our friends in Israel during this time of conflict.— Reince Priebus (@Reince) September 24, 2014
RT @YourAwayMessage: L'shana tova to my camp girls <3333— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) September 24, 2014