Thar She Blows!
Rosh Hashanah (September 8th and 9th)
Rosh Hashanah (literally "head of the year") marks the Jewish New Year, and kicks off the High Holy Days, a 10-day period of reflection and prayer culminating in the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. Both celebratory and solemn, Rosh Hashanah is a multi-faceted two-day affair -- a time for self-examination and reckoning; blowing the shofar (ram's horn) for spiritual awakening; remembering Jewish history; and feasting on honey-dipped foods for a sweet year ahead.
Tradition maintains that one's destiny for the coming year is inscribed by God in the Book of Life on Rosh Hashanah, then closed and sealed for the year on Yom Kippur. The High Holy Days in between are for atoning for the past year's sins to ensure a favorable judgment. Hence the customary Rosh Hashanah greeting, "May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a good year" or the shortened "L'Shanah Tovah" ("good year").