Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year is the most joyously celebrated occasion in Judaism. Being a religious festival, it is characterized by religious traditions and customs. The day of Rosh Hashanah is celebrated as a solemn day of Reckoning and Judgment. On this occasion, people buy and wear new clothes and keep themselves clean by bathing and shaving. With this day, The High Holidays begin that includes the 10 days of repentance up to Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement.
Rosh Hashanah actually means “Head of the Year.” Therefore, it is believed that whatever actions the person does on this day, they all show a tremendous impact on the rest of the year. And maybe because of this, there are a lot of religious norms to be maintained and a few prohibitions to be followed on this auspicious occasion. Let us take a look at the six prohibitions during Rosh Hashanah –
1) No work: The day of Rosh Hashanah is solely dedicated to praying together in the synagogue, asking for forgiveness for his sins from God and celebrating the day with his family and friend. Any type of productive work is prohibited on this day. Only the work of preparing food, or that involving carrying and transferring is allowed on this day. The Jews do not engage themselves in jobs, business or other such activities on this day.
2) No afternoon nap: Sleeping or just taking a nap in the afternoon is also prohibited on the day of Rosh Hashanah. Since this day is viewed as a representation of the coming year, therefore it is supposed that if a person sleeps on this day, then his entire year will be sleepy and inactive, and his good fortune won’t show up in the upcoming year.
3) Avoid eating nuts: One should avoid eating nuts on Rosh Hashanah because they produce an excess of saliva or phlegm making it arduous to recite prayers during the day. Nuts should also be avoided as their numerical equivalent in Hebrew is same as that of sin.
4) Avoid wearing colored clothes: Although wearing colorful clothes on Rosh Hashanah is not absolutely restricted, wearing white colored garments on this occasion is customary. This is because the true essence of Rosh Hashanah is reflected by white color, which symbolizes purity and renewal.
5) No anger: On the auspicious occasion of Rosh Hashanah, the person must avoid getting angry. It is a joyous occasion and should be celebrated pleasantly. According to Jews, it is said that a follower is judged and treated by G-d, in the same way, he or she treats and judges other people. And he or she gets angry with others, especially in the event of Rosh Hashanah, G-d will also be angry with him or her.
6) No smoking: The person should also refrain from smoking on this grand day of Rosh Hashanah. He or she should avoid and stay away from a negative addiction and just be completely involved in prayers and contemplation.