During Rosh Hashanah, like with many holidays, food is used as a symbol for those who observe the holiday. It's meant to incorporate spiritual reflection as well as celebration, particularly for the upcoming year.
While customs and recipes vary from family to family, some of the traditional foods of Rosh Hashanah include round foods, stuffed foods, sweet foods and foods with seeds and fish (with the head on to represent the "head" of the new year). You'll also find leeks, chicken, beets, carrots and squash served during the holiday.
If you're interested in beginning your own family meal traditions for the holiday, you might consider some of the following food ideas and recipes.
Round challah: A recognizable symbol of the holiday, this egg bread is formed into a ring for the holiday to symbolize the continuity of creation.
Apples and honey: Honey represents good living and wealth. Often during Rosh Hashanah, apples are dipped into the honey and served as a snack to children. On the first night of Rosh Hashanah, the challah and apples are dipped into the honey with a blessing being said along with prayers for a good and sweet year. Try this recipe for mouthwatering apple cake >>
"New Fruit:" Traditionally, a new fruit would be one that has recently come into season but that has not yet been eaten in the season. It's eaten on the second night of the holiday. Pomegranate is a traditional fruit for the holiday with the seeds representing all the good deeds to be done in the upcoming year.
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